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Young gun Adrian Scott primed for NTFL grand final showdown

Jackson Clark -

Northern Territory Football League young gun Adrian Scott is a name to watch out for in the future.

The 17-year-old excitement machine has been a key contributor for a Nightcliff team who will play in the NTFL grand final against St Marys this weekend.

Scott has been one of the most impressive teenagers in the Top End competition after producing a string of excellent performances for the Tigers throughout the 2023/24 season.

The speedster has averaged 13 disposals and kicked 10 goals so far across the season, including a career-high four goals against Palmerston in Round 13.

Nightcliff coach Leigh Crossman told National Indigenous Times that he has been impressed with his young player's ability to step up to Premier League level.

"He is currently playing at the highest level he can and playing his role really well," Crossman said.

"Hopefully that can continue as we move forward, the games get harder, pressure goes up and there is more at stake.

"We are confident he will continue to shine and play his role for the team."

Scott has been a talented junior at the Tigers, making his debut as a 16-year-old in 2022, before his breakout season this year.

Nightcliff teenager has been in excellent form this NTFL season. (Image: AFLNT)

He is a dangerous player around goals and comfortable further up the ground in a wing role.

Earlier in the year, Scott received an opportunity to show his wares to AFL recruiters after featuring for the NTFL representative team in their match against Essendon's VFL team a month ago.

He was the youngest member of the Territory team, who defeated the Bombers 11.7 (73) to 5.11 (41) in Darwin.

Crossman said he would not place any limits on how far Scott could go with his footy.

"He has a lot of the tools required to take his footy further," he said.

"His best attributes as a footballer are his speed, flair, energy, enthusiasm and skill, but on a consistent level. I think it is one of his greatest strengths – he impacts the game over four quarters, not just in bits and pieces.

"Another strength is his ability to not get flustered in big moments, he is very composed."

Crossman said his young player ticked all the boxes off the field and described him as 'very coachable'.

"He wants to learn and improve. You can tell him something and he will go and try to implement it. He is reserved and respectful among the senior group, but when he is with the U18s, he is a leader. Over time, that will develop among the senior group."

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