Jordan Williams returns to hometown club for 2013 season.By Zach Hubber
Former Hawthorn midfielder Jordan Williams will play with Echuca Football Club this season after signing with the Goulburn Valley Football League side on Friday.
Murray Bombers coach Cam Stewart said he was delighted with the club’s latest edition.
‘‘We’re rapt to have someone with his personality and ability at our club,’’ he said.
‘‘He was really keen to come back and play with his mates and anyone with two or three years in an AFL system is going be beneficial for our group.’’
The 21-year-old was drafted by Hawthorn with pick 57 in the 2009 national draft via Bendigo Pioneers but failed to play a senior match in the two years he was with the Hawks.
He was delisted at the end of 2011 and joined VFL side Bendigo Gold, where he played 17 matches last season to add to his 22 senior games with Box Hill in 2010 and 2011.
Williams is the second former AFL-listed recruit for Echuca this year after former Collingwood and Melbourne player Simon Buckley signed last month.
The former Moama resident will add extra strength to the Murray Bombers’ midfield, particularly after the departure of reigning best and fairest winner Scott McGlone.
But Stewart stressed McGlone was irreplaceable as far as he was concerned.
‘‘I guess the influx of Jordy and Bucks has taken away some of the (pain) of losing Scooter (McGlone),’’ Stewart said.
‘‘But having those two players will step up our professional environment and will bring invaluable education for our kids.’’
The Echuca coach said he had written Williams off after the Melbourne-based footballer had committed to another club late last year.
But a change in mind led Williams to contact Echuca last week and broker a deal after he decided playing in Melbourne was not what he wanted.
In other news, Matt Costello will not play with the Murray Bombers in 2013 due to university commitments.
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