The Dunkley brothers, Josh and Kyle, will return home for Christmas, hosting a star-studded training session for Yarram Football-Netball Club’s Under 18s side on Wednesday, December 21; suffice to say, for the Demon’s Thirds, Christmas has come early.

It has been a busy few months for Josh following the Western Bulldogs’ reluctant trade with Brisbane Lions for their 2022 best and fairest winner.

Following recent announcements, Kyle, 22, who played five AFL matches for Melbourne in 2019 before being delisted at the end of 2020, will join his older siblings Josh and Lara, who plays netball for the Queensland Firebirds, in Queensland as part of the Lions’ 2023 VFL team.

Josh said he was looking forward to the upcoming training event with his younger brother.

“Yarram was our home as kids growing up, and we both can remember the joy we got when AFL players came down to visit,” he said.

“Even though we now live in Brisbane, we all love coming back to Yarram and being around the community. Furthermore, we are good mates with the under 18s coach Matty Earles who will be there with us on the night.”

Earles, aka Mearle, was recently signed as Yarram’s Under 18s coach for the 2023 season.

Earlier this year, Josh became a co-owner of the popular, newly refurbished Woodside Beach Hotel. He has always harboured an affinity for his hometown community and is a firm believer in giving back.

“It’s very important to us to give back to our old clubs, they gave us so much, and we wouldn’t be the people or players we are today without them,” he said.

“So to be able to come back and give back means a lot to us.

“We are both really excited to get to meet new people, put some smiles on faces and enjoy the session.

“More than anything, it’s about bringing people together from the community and enjoying what the great game of football gives us.”

The Dunkleys will train with the Under 18s side from 4.30pm until 6pm at Yarram Recreation Reserve, with a free barbecue to follow.

The Dunkleys will finish a jam-packed year celebrating Christmas with family before returning to Queensland to take on the 2023 football and netball season.

“We are all coming home for Christmas, which will be great after being away for a few months; just get together with all the extended family and enjoy each other’s company,” Josh said.

“It’s a great time of year, and it’s always refreshing to see everyone happy and relaxed.”