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Armstrong coup for Heads

Tony Armstrong in action for Lara (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

BARWON Heads has landed a mid-season recruiting blow that will likely influence the BFL premiership race with the addition of former AFL player Tony Armstrong.

Armstrong, who played 35 AFL games across three clubs – Adelaide, Sydney and Collingwood – is no stranger to the Geelong region after spending three seasons at GFL club Lara, including two as coach of the Cats.

Coach Dan Donati revealed Armstrong’s friendship with key forward Nathan Brown from their time at Collingwood helped the Seagulls land the skilful 32-year-old

“He was there on the weekend to watch Browny play,” Donati.

“He’s had the itch for a fair while, and I’m pleased to say last (Sunday) night he indicated he wanted to play.

“I’ve spoken to him today, and he’ll be at training tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

However, Donati will resist the temptation to rush him into the Barwon Heads team for Saturday’s mouth-watering Battle of the Breaks clash with Torquay.

“To be fair, it’s not really my style – one week in and to play,” he said. “He’ll do the right thing and train for a couple of weeks.

“We’ll be OK with the side we can pick this afternoon.”

Armstrong has carved out a high-profile media career recently, which saw him stand down from the Lara role.

Donati expects him to be available each round in the run to another finals campaign for Barwon heads.

“His commitment is that he’ll be available to play every week,” Donati said. “He’s as keen as mustard top play.

“I think he was half-tempted earlier in the season, but with media commitments and waiting for that to settle down, he now knows what he can and can’t do.”

Donati expects Armstrong to slot into a role in the Barwon Heads defence, which could come in the clash with the currently unbeaten Drysdale on June 25.

“We’ve got a side that’s jelled really well together,” he said.

“We certainly had our fair share of unavailabilities and injuries, as most clubs have had.

“I think his preferred position is across the halfback line.”

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