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Recruited from: Geelong (VFL)
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Williamstown is thrilled to announce the signing of former Geelong VFL co-captain and best and fairest winner James Tsitas.
A tough midfielder, Tsitas brings a wealth of experience to the club as he enters his seventh year of VFL footy.
Andrew Collins said: “Jimmy and I have got great history. In 2014 there (were) five boys that didn’t get drafted and they were all ranked incredibly highly – Michael Gibbons was probably ranked number one, James Tsitas two, Ben Cavarra three, Jake Greiser and Brett Bewley. James knows that I’ve been trying to recruit him every year for the last five years and I think he just gave in to my persistence! He brings strong leadership to our football club, he’s an incredible midfielder and any given Sunday he should be on an AFL list. I’m really excited about coaching him.”
Recruited from: Frankston (VFL)
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Corey Rich arrives at the club having played for both Sandringham and Frankston. The mobile goalkicker played 18 matches for the Dolphins in 2019 and booted 24 goals - hitting the scoreboard in each game he played bar three.
Andrew Collins said: “He was our first signing and he’s a boy that I was very interested in for a couple of years. (A) former Sandringham development player, (he) really burst onto the scene, and unfortunately through the alignment didn’t get a lot of opportunity and chose to go to the Frankston Football Club in which he’s really thrived in that environment. At the same time, he’s a boy that I believe we can improve his football in a positive direction. He’s a terrific person - a goalkicker – and should replace Sam Dunell in a similar type of role.”
Recruited from: Box Hill (VFL)
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The Seagulls have secured the signature of gun mid Luke Meadows. Finishing top 10 in the WAFL's Sandover Medal in 2018, Meadows joined the Hawks' leadership group this season and averaged 21.3 touches and 4.8 tackles per game.
Andrew Collins said: “Luke has been 12 months as a project. His best mate is from Western Australia and it’s a big powerful forward that we have in Nick Rodda. Nick recommended his best mate in Luke, we weren’t able to (originally) convince him to come across to Williamstown, he spent 12 months at Box Hill, played outstanding footy – had an outstanding game against Williamstown last year – and (he’s) a wonderful person, great leader of men, was part of the leadership group at Box Hill and that’s something that we’re really excited about bringing him into our footy club.”
Recruited from: Sydney University (NEAFL)
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Tristan Davies returns to Williamstown after moving to Sydney University to study. The high-flying Davies made a name for himself up forward in the NEAFL and will be a handy addition at Downer Oval.
Andrew Collins said: “There used to be a movie … called ‘White Men Can’t Jump’, Tristan actually says that white men can jump! He jumps very high, probably took the mark of the year at any level of football last year for Sydney University. He was really fortunate to get into a physiotherapy degree in Sydney which left him departing our football club a few years ago. Really excited to see him come back to our footy club and he’ll be a terrific talent in our forward line.”
Recruited from: Adelaide Crows (AFL)
Paul Hunter, a 200cm, 104kg ruckman, was named the NEAFL Rising Star in 2014. The big-bodied ruck has showed several signs in the SANFL that he can kick goals and dominate his centre bounce opponents.
Andrew Collins said: “I’m really excited to get Paul. The year that he was drafted from the Redlands Football Club in Queensland, we were very interested in Paul ourselves. He’s been living with a great friend of mine and former young player that I coached at West Adelaide by the name of Jonathon Beech. When Paul was delisted by the Adelaide Crows, not only were we keen, but also Jonathon Beech recommended him highly. We’re really excited to welcome Paul into our footy club. It’s a new time for us in the change of big men, Paul will bring different elements to us as a big, versatile (and) athletic ruckman. Paul is going to be a terrific player for us.”
Recruited from: Subiaco (WAFL)
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Edwards-Baldwin debuted for Subiaco in 2018 after success in the Subiaco Colts program. The tackling machine was a part of Subiaco's 96-point premiership-winning team in this year's WAFL grand final.
Andrew Collins said: “He’s been highly recommended to me by former player Peter Faulks through a few degrees of separation. He’s already played in a state league grand final. (He's) incredibly explosive (and) comes with a soccer background as well so his athleticism is a real strength of his and we welcome him to our footy club. He’ll be exciting at either end of the field. He’s only 20 years of age, a tackling machine, and this is one to watch.”
Adam Marcon, Nick Rodda, Jake Greiser, Nick Sing, Liam Hunt, Brayden Monk, Nick Ebinger, Joel Ottavi, Billy Myers, Jaylon Thorpe, Nick Mellington, Darby Henderson, Sam McLarty, Lachie Bramble, Bailey Morrish, Kal Dawson, Nick Buykx, Sam Martyn, Jesse Tardio, Cooper Stephens, Tom Mundy.
Sam Dunell (Old Melburnians/local), Nick Meese (Aberfeldie/local), Leigh Masters (Yarrawonga/local), Willie Wheeler (Yarrawonga/local), Oliver Tate (Cheltenham/local), Ben Kennedy (Montmorency/local).
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