PETER BROCK’S NEPHEW SELECTED BY AFL CLUB

Phil and Peter Brock at Sandown in 1977, left, and Sandy Brock, right. Pics: Bill Patterson Racing / Gold Coast Suns

SANDY Brock, the nephew of nine-time Bathurst winner Peter Brock, has joined the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.

The 18-year-old is the son of Phil ‘Split Pin’ Brock and grew up playing football in the Northern Territory, before spending last year in the West Australian Football League.

A 198cm, 86kg defender, Brock has been pre-listed by the Suns as a rookie and is now eager to make his way into the team’s playing line-up.

“I honestly can’t wait, it’s going to be an unreal experience, hopefully I can play AFL but also (see) the development,” he said.

“I want to learn from all the players and coaches and try to make it to the top as fast as I can.”

Peter Brock was a noted Collingwood AFL supporter; a passion he shared with younger brother Phil.

Peter Brock was a high-profile Collingwood supporter. Pic: Supplied

Phil is an experienced racer in his own right with a career that included five Bathurst 1000 starts.

He expressed his excitement at Sandy’s AFL call-up on social media and explained the inspiration behind his name.

“He’s named after our Uncle Sandy, who was an emerging young player with the Collingwood seconds, until he did his knee,” Phil explained.

“His middle name is Boss, named after our Dad’s father, and he was called that by all and sundry, so I was always going to give my boy that name.

“He’s already an inch taller than I was, but he’s bloody fit, so I don’t think Splitpin would work! Also, he’s a quiet kid, unlike his Dad!”