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Davies to settle in Swans' nest

Young Lancaster star Tom Davies will pursue his career with Shepparton Swans in Goulburn Valley Football League next season.

OLIVER CAFFREY August 5, 2014 3:10am

Young Lancaster star Tom Davies will line up with Shepparton Swans next season as he takes his career to the next level.

Shepparton Swans have won the race to sign boom Lancaster young gun Tom Davies.

After a dominant season for the Wombats in Kyabram District Football League, Davies will play in Goulburn Valley Football League from next year.

Davies, 18, was named Kyabram District’s best player in its AFL Victoria Country Championships loss to Tallangatta District in May.

His efforts for Lancaster would have him right in contention for the McNamara Medal — KDFL’s best-and-fairest.

Swans assistant and incoming senior coach Hayden Best said there was plenty of upside to Davies.

‘‘We’re pretty lucky to have got him, we heard a few clubs might’ve got wind of him, but we had a chat to him and showed him around the club and it was a pretty mutual agreement,’’ Best said.

‘‘He’s got plenty of improvement and he can still learn a lot about the game — his work ethic is fantastic and after a big pre-season he should hopefully take his game to another level in the GVFL.’’

Best said he could see Davies filling a range of different roles.

‘‘I think with our strong midfield, he might have to ply his trade on the half-back or the wing to start, but he’ll learn plenty off guys like Tys Sidebottom,’’ Best said.

Davies said he was glad to have decided his future and was now fully focused on Lancaster’s bid for a finals place.

‘‘It’s good to get the distraction out of the way, it was probably weighing on my mind and thinking where I was going to play next year, rather than focusing properly on my footy,’’ Davies said.

Davies said he made the decision about a week ago.

‘‘A couple of clubs got in contact with me, but the Swans presented themselves really well and I think they suit where I want to take my footy,’’ Davies said.

‘‘The Swans are sitting well this year, they’ve looked good and look promising for years into the future. It’s been a dream for a while now to play GV senior footy, I’ve had a couple of years playing in the KD and I think I’m ready for the challenge.’’

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