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.’’
Goulburn Valley has mostly selected skips in its bid to reclaim the Norm Knopp Shield tomorrow.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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