In a major coup for the organisation and football in the state, AFL Tasmania has secured the highly credentialed Jy Bond as State Talent Manager.
Dave chats with Jy who arrives at AFL Tasmania with extensive experience in high performance sport across the AFL, NFL and A-League.
Son of 171 game AFL player, Graeme Bond, he joined the Richmond Tigers under the father/son rule, spending three years on their list. He did not debut at AFL level with injury restricting his involvement to VFL football.
Following his football career, Bond tried his luck in the USA and was twice signed to NFL lists, spending time at both the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins.
Following five years in America, he returned home to join the PFA in a leadership role, working closely with the male and female national soccer teams and talent pathways (Socceroos and Matildas), as well as A-League outfit, Melbourne City.
While Bond is not Tasmanian he has a strong affinity to his new island home.
Over the years I’ve had a strong interest in Tasmanian footballers, a lot of great players have come out of Tasmania and I look forward to continuing to develop the state as an AFL breeding ground.
Bond fills an important and newly formed role at AFL Tasmania, adding a layer of high performance expertise to help lead the state’s rising stars and talent pathways.
The role is a great opportunity to come in and help steer development with an already well functioning team, helping to get more Tasmanians drafted into the AFL.
“I want to grow the talent and hit our targets, developing our boys and girls and grow the program for both future draftees and also players that feed back into local football in the State.”
Exposure to a diverse range of high performance sports has led to extensive experience in talent identification and the development of athletes and high performance environments. From his own professional sporting career, he also has a personal understanding of what it takes to be a professional athlete. His strong grounding in professional sport is complimented by existing relationships and connections in the AFL system, with recruiters and football managers.
Bond’s vision is to make AFL Tasmania and football the sport of choice for talented athletes in the state and to lead Tasmanian talent to AFL and AFLW opportunities.