What makes Kannan’s Naoshi Kanno so great?

By Josh ChiversThe Australian Football League (AFL) has confirmed the news that the 25-year-old midfielder has signed a new contract, with the club also confirming he will return to his home state of Queensland.

The former Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar captain has played in two of the past three seasons for the Blues, appearing in every match he has played this year.

Kannan played three games this year for the Magpies, scoring one goal and helping his side beat Brisbane Roars by three points on Friday night.

The 20-year old midfielder has played with the Blues’ under-23s squad since he was drafted into the Blues squad in 2015, making two appearances for the reserves.

He has also played for the Queensland Reds and Canberra Raiders over the past two seasons.AFL.com.au spoke to Kannana last week about his decision to remain with the Red and Black.

“It was tough,” Kannany said.

“I wanted to be at home, and to play for the club I love, but I couldn’t get a visa.”

So, I’m really happy to be here, and I’m excited to be back in the state.

“I’m just grateful to the club and the people of Queensland for giving me a chance, and hopefully I can be a part of it.”

Kannany, who will be eligible to return to the national competition in 2018, said he is looking forward to getting back to his old home state.

He said his family and friends are already planning his next adventure, and that he has been training hard to get back into the best shape of his life.

“Obviously I love my home state, I love Brisbane, and it’s a dream come true to play in a national competition,” he said.

“The boys are just really happy for me to come back, and get back to where I belong.”

Read more:The Blue and Black are confident Kannani will have a good year with the Magpie’s under-19s squad.

“We’re all excited to have him here,” Blue and Gold Coach Matt O’Connor said.Read more