Tayla Roberts has become the first cross-code player to sign with the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos.
Tasmanian-born is the 192cm ruck prospect and is an established player with the Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL.
“I think I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot to work on but I definitely back myself and I think kind of already being involved in a professional sport will definitely help me in that respect,” Roberts told North Media.
“I think being so tall and kind of using basketball to my advantage, I think that would be a really good position [ruck] for me to play,” she said.
Hailing from Launceston, Roberts is a life-long Kangaroos fan, so it will be a proud moment when she makes her debut in the royal blue and white stripes.
“I think it would be a proud moment for anyone to be able to go out there and put on those colours but I’m just really excited to get the opportunity either way and can’t wait to get started.”
It was clear that after having a bit of a kick about with Roberts, coach Scott Gowans was impressed with her agility.
“We got her down to Arden St, had a kick with her for maybe about half an hour, and kicking’s got some way to go with some improvement, but agility wise she was fantastic," he said.
“She’s hoping to inspire others to not only play AFL football but come to the Kangaroos in the years to come.”