The lure for players to return home to play football has had positive and negative implications for Shepparton Swans this week.DAMEN FRANCIS January 25, 2013 4:05am
The lure for players to return home to play football has had positive and negative implications for Shepparton Swans this week.
Danny Haysom has left Princess Park to join home town club Nagambie, but former local Andrew Riordan has jumped on board.
Riordan was raised at Katandra and attended school in Shepparton, before moving to Geelong, where he won Geelong Football League club Grovedale’s best-and-fairest award last season.
He follows in the footsteps of fellow GFL recruit Dan Lovick and is yet another significant addition to the Swans’ list, which now includes experienced trio Tyson Sidebottom, Hayden Best and Rob Osborne.
Developing Rumbalara on-baller Nathan Terlich also joined the Swans this week.
A talented cricketer, Riordan rejoined his home town club this season and when Swans coach Brett Warburton heard of his interest in moving home, he pounced.
‘‘He’s a terrific guy and he went to Notre Dame (College) with probably 60 per cent of our boys,’’ Warburton said.
‘‘He’s a Katandra boy through and through and wanted to play top level football.
‘‘The way he moves he can play many roles, he has a nice height about him and he’s in the top group in running, so he can play in most positions around the ground.’’
On Terlich’s arrival, Warburton described him as a ‘‘talented young midfielder’’ who ‘‘wants to learn’’.
Despite the encouraging work at the recruitment table this off-season, Warburton said the incoming players did not guarantee success for the Swans.
‘‘I’ve heard a few people talking us up, but we’ve got a lot of improvement to do to warrant that reputation,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re coming from a long way back and the competition is as good as I’ve seen it.’’
Warburton said he was sad to see Haysom leave, but could not begrudge his decision.
‘‘It would have been nice to see him stick around for a second year, but he wants to play with his mates,’’ he said.
‘‘He’s a Nagambie boy and we wish him all the best.’’
Lakers coach Linc Sullivan said Haysom officially notified the club of his decision on Wednesday night.
‘‘Being a local boy we were working on him to come back and at the end of the day he wanted some sort of leadership role that he might not have had if he stayed at the Swans,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘He’ll come in as a senior player in the midfield-forward set-up just to help out with directing that group and he’s young enough to have a good impact as a player.’’
Haysom joins brothers Hamish and Mitchell Winter-Irving at Nagambie for this season.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
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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