Former Hawthorn and North Melbourne player Nathan Thompson is expected to attend his first Deniliquin Ute Muster this year.TYLA HARRINGTON June 6, 2014 3:30am
Ute Muster general manager Kate Pitt (centre) shows Lion Nathan representatives Sarah Cahill and Nathan Thompson the XXXX Gold Bar at the muster site.
Former AFL star Nathan Thompson can’t wait to shake off his ‘Muster virgin’ tag.
Thompson, the sponsorship manager for brewing company Lion Nathan, was taken on a tour of the Deniliquin Ute Muster site yesterday and will return for his first ‘play on the plains’ in October.
‘‘This year will be my first Ute Muster and I’m really looking forward to it,’’ said Thompson, who was a guest angler at this year’s XXXX Gold Fishing Classic in Deniliquin.
‘‘I’ll be staying in Deni for four days and I’ve also pledged to attend the Blues & Roots Festival next year as well.
‘‘The Ute Muster site is awesome — I love it.’’
Thompson and XXXX Gold marketing activation executive Sarah Cahill met with muster organisers to discuss brewing company Lion Nathan’s continued sponsorship of the annual event.
XXXX Gold has its own permanent bar at the muster site, which Thompson is hopeful will receive a facelift before the October 3 and 4 festivities.
The former Hawthorn and North Melbourne player said he was blown away with what the festival site has to offer.
He said the company was also keen to extend its support of the Deni Blues and Roots Festival.
Ute Muster general manager Kate Pitt said it has been and continues to be an ‘‘extremely successful relationship’’ between the muster team and Lion Nathan.
‘‘It’s just absolutely wonderful that they’ve made the effort to come to Deniliquin,’’ she said.
‘‘We do have a great relationship with Lion Nathan and I’m looking forward to what will come out of today (yesterday).
‘‘Nathan and Sarah couldn’t make the corporate sponsors’ day last week so they decided to come down for a one-on-one and see how they can be involved.
‘‘Planning for this year’s muster is going gang-busters.’’
Thompson played 179 games and booted 327 goals in his AFL career and is now a regular panellist on Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
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