Brent Bransgrove was full of praise for Tom Wilson ahead of game 100 on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
Brent Bransgrove has paid tribute to Tom Wilson ahead of the Northern Blues captain’s 100th game this weekend.
As the last player to reach a century of games for the club, Bransgrove spoke about the upcoming milestone for his good mate ahead of this Saturday.
Bransgrove handed the captaincy over to Wilson at the beginning of the 2016 season, with the two ultimately sharing over five seasons together at Northern.
The two are also Life Members of the club: Bransgrove in 2014, before Wilson followed a year later in 2015.
“He’s a super-hard worker, and he has really developed as a person,” Bransgrove said on Wilson.
“Willo came into the club as quite a quiet, shy guy, but then he really worked his way up over the years.
“His leadership skills have been outstanding and the way he represents himself, it’s a credit to him. He’s been fantastic for the club.”
Wilson played two games in his first year of 2011, including the Elimination Final, before Bransgrove was one of two co-captains in 2012.
After winning the club’s Laurie Hill Trophy in 2014, Wilson would take on the captaincy in Bransgrove’s final year, before the latter retired in May of that season due to injury.
Bransgrove said it was a testament to Wilson that his game has gone from strength-to-strength since then.
“I got to hand over the reins to him as captain in 2016, he was absolutely the right man for the job as we’ve seen since,” Bransgrove said.
“He’s carried himself really well throughout the years, there’s been a lot of hard times and also a lot of hard work that’s gone with that.
“He’s come through with shining colours and hopefully the club can come away with a win, it’s a great achievement.”