Thomas joins brother Jar­rod

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From Hor­sham to Bris­bane, the Berry broth­ers have proven in­sep­a­ra­ble.

Thomas Berry be­came the lat­est Wim­mera foot­baller to join the AFL when the Bris­bane Li­ons drafted him on Fri­day, join­ing older brother Jar­rod at the club.

Re­cruiters prized the 18-yearold’s speed and ath­leti­cism, but some draft ex­perts were sur­prised when he was taken at pick 36 in the sec­ond round given he missed sev­eral TAC Cup matches through in­jury this year.

Thomas, how­ever, was sim­ply happy to be join­ing his older brother.

Jar­rod was clearly ex­cited too, shar­ing a video on so­cial me­dia plat­form In­sta­gram of him cel­e­brat­ing with Bris­bane team-mates when the Li­ons se­lected Thomas.

Bris­bane re­cruit­ing man­ager Steve Conole said the Li­ons be­lieved the younger Berry would be a qual­ity ad­di­tion to their list.

“Thomas has got a lot of at­tributes sim­i­lar to his brother,” he said.

“Fan­tas­tic work ethic, re­ally com­pet­i­tive, a great team player and ath­letic.

“He had quite a few in­juries in his draft year, so strug­gled with con­ti­nu­ity.

“He can play a roles.”

The Li­ons an­nounced Thomas would wear the num­ber 13 guernsey next year – the num­ber Jar­rod has worn for the past two sea­sons.

Jar­rod will change to num­ber seven in 2019. va­ri­ety of

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