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Blair boost for Modda

Modewarre has signed South Barwon forward Brett Blair. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

HAVING relied on small forwards to kick the bulk of their goals in 2019, Modewarre has landed a second key forward for next year with the signing of South Barwon spearhead Brett Blair.

A TAC Cup Team of the Year member with the Geelong Falcons in 2016, Blair arrives at Community Bank Oval with 69 goals from 54 games at GFL senior level under his belt.

“It’s exciting for our game style and the way we want to play this year (2020),” co-coach Seamus Orr said.

“It has been something we probably haven’t had in the past – we’ve probably had undersized forwards.

“So we’re excited to see what he can bring to our playing style.”

The Warriors, who who have already landed key position players Darby Schilder (Bell Park) and Tom Hornsey (Grovedale) and welcomed back premiership player Jeremy Ollis from a season alongside Schilder, also confirmed the return of Daniel McCaskill after four seasons at the GFL Swans.

“He’s a Modda person through and through and went away to play at a higher level and got some really good games under his belt,” Orr said.

“He can play mid; he can play forward. He’s a pretty contested, hard-at-it type of player.

“Anytime you can surround the class of Josh Finch, Mitch Fisher and Jeremy Ollis with players like Dan, that bodes well for our midfield.”

In more good news for Modewarre, which has its premiership defence halted in the elimination final this year, outgoing co-coach John Meesen will play on next year.

“John’s a competitor, and John likes to prepare well, so we’d expect, physically, he’d be able to play the whole season,” Orr said.

“But, from a coaching point-of-view, we might have one eye on managing those older guys.

“If he wants to play, then he plays.”


However, Orr admits the future of club great Josh Finch is up in the air.

The four-time Les Ash medallist has taken on a development coaching role with Geelong’s AFLW team that will impact his pre-season.

“But, I would think the type of person he is, and his commitment to the Modewarre Football Club, will see him come back and play some footy with us,” Orr said.

“In terms of his preparation, he’s been doing it for that long he knows exactly what he needs to do.

“And given his role down at the AFLW, talking to him the other day, he’s kicked about a thousand footys a night, joining in drills, and still really active.

“So, there’s no worries there from our end.”

Modewarre starts what will be its 25th season in the BFL with a trip to Torquay for a twilight clash with the Tigers on April 4.

MEANWHILE, Barwon Heads busy off-season has continued with the arrival of Will Jacobs from Warrnambool.

Jacobs has played 118 games, including two premierships with the Hampden league club.

He has also represented the HFL at interleague level and been named in the competition’s team of the year.

Jacobs, who also spent a year with Queensland club Labrador, can play both ends of the ground but has made his name as a key defender.

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