26/02/2024

Bailey Humphrey in action for the Gippsland Power. (Photo: AFL)

Joining the Gold Coast in the first round of the draft, Gippsland Powers Bailey Humphrey is looking forward to the prospect of learning off current Gold Coast co-captain Touk Miller both on and off the field.

Joining the Gold Coast in the first round of the draft, Gippsland Power’s Bailey Humphrey is looking forward to the prospect of learning off current Gold Coast co-captain Touk Miller both on and off the field.

Hailing from Moe, Humphrey arrives at the Suns as a ‘ready-made’ replacement for departing star Izak Rankine who made the move to the Crows over the trade period in exchange for Pick Six. 

Speaking to The Inner Sanctum on Tuesday morning, Humphrey said that having become an AFL player overnight still hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

“I’m speechless, to be honest,” Humphrey said. 

“It hasn’t sunk in yet, it doesn’t feel real.”

Captaining the Gippsland Power through the NAB League, Humphrey has plenty to give from a leadership point of view but the chance to learn from Miller is something the 18-year-old is looking forward to. 

“I think I’m a pretty good leader so learning off his leadership skills would be unreal. [To have] him presenting my guernsey last night was something special and something I’ll never forget, so I can’t wait to learn from him.

Like many of the draftees coming from regional and country Victoria, Humphrey’s would have had to relocate no matter what team read his name out on draft night but one thing is for certain, the Humphreys family is excited to jump on the Gold Coast bandwagon. 

“I’ve had a lot of text messages from the boys but my family and friends have found a new team so I think they’re happy. A bit of a holiday which I think is what they’re most excited about. 

“I have to move anyway because I’m from the country, even if I was moving to Melbourne. I’m extremely excited to get up to the gold coast and can’t wait to get started.” 

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On the footy field, Humphrey can play both in the midfield and up forward, giving Stuart Dew and the Suns that extra bit of versatility in the attack end. 

With Humphrey’s skills being in and around the contest but while up forward he provides a strong aerial option for the Suns to go to. 

“I think my best attributes are how physical at the contest I am, I think I thrive at the contest and when I go forward I have the ability to play as a tall forward sort of in the air and then I can play at ground level at my feet.

“I’m a mid-forward but I have the ability to be dangerous in both positions.” 

Although across the first few seasons, Humphrey’s position will more than likely be up forward with the likes of Miller, Matt Rowell, and Noah Anderson already at the club and creating a strong combination. 

“I’d love to break into the midfield but I think they’ve got an unbelievable midfield at the moment so it’s going to be a tough midfield to break into. 

“If I could I’d take it with both hands and give it my best shot but I think I’d start forward.” 

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