The lure for players to return home to play football has had positive and negative implications for Shepparton Swans this week.By Damen Francis
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.
A Shepparton bus service that takes nightclub patrons home safely is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation this weekend.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Moama's Shirley Durrant has been wowing district pudding eaters for the past 23 years with her Christmas delights.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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