Demon to test himself in Queensland league

Gun Otway Districts midfielder Alex Burnett has joined Carrara in the Queensland state league for the 2019 season.

Talented Otway Districts footballer Alex Burnett says the time is right to head north and put his football career to the test.

The Demons’ reigning best-and-fairest winner confirmed he was preparing to shift to Queensland next year after joining Carrara in the state league.

Burnett, the son of Colac Imperials great Rick Burnett, has family connections at the club on his late father’s side.

His mum Raelene is also based further north in tropics at Palm Cove.

Burnett, 23, said he would live at Burley Heads and had already landed work as a painter.

“My cousin Adam Melville, who played at South Warrnambool, is up there and got onto me so I thought ‘why not?’,” he said.

“They’ve got a job for me up there and it’s a good opportunity so I thought I might as well take it.

“I haven’t spent too much time with my cousin, he’s on my dad’s side and has travelled a fair bit, so it’ll be good to go up there and meet his family.”

Burnett enjoyed a promising start to his career at Colac Imperials and Birregurra before establishing himself as one of the CDFL’s best young midfielders during a four-season stint with Otway Districts.

The left-footer notched up 68 games for the Demons and took his game to new heights in 2018, taking out the club’s top award.

Carrara will step into AFL Queensland’s second division next season after earning promotion following the Saints’ premiership triumph in 2018.

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