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Demons sign St Albans star

Portarlington has locked away St Albans star Luke Williams for 2018. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

THE influx of quality big names into the Bellarine Football League has continued with Portarlington signing star St Albans half back Luke Williams.

Williams, who has represented the GFL and trained with the Geelong VFL squad, is among four handy inclusions for the Demons.

Also arriving at Ron Evans Oval are Geelong West (GFL) forward Tom Kelly and brothers Jordan and Tom Sabell, while in a further boost Brock Williamson will return from Leopold.

However, it’s Williams, who played alongside Portarlington coach Jesse Smith at the Supersaints, that will add some much-needed star factor for the Demons.

“He’s been ranked top 50 in the GFL for some time,” football manager Darren Ball said.

“He’ll give us some really good pace and read off half back, we can put him on and off the ball, and you can even put him up to half forward and he can kick a couple of goals.”

“Jesse already knows how he plays, where his skills are, but also where we need to develop around the club and how Luke can fit into that.”

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Kelly has 55 games of GFL senior experience with Geelong West, which will prove vital for a young Demons list.

“We needed some firepower in the forward line,” Ball said.

“Tom will be looking to play around that area, whether it be deep or up high.”

Jordan Sabell played some reserve grade football with St Mary’s this year, but is a proven senior player having won the East Gippsland league medal with Paynesville as an 18-year-old in 2015.

“He won it clearly despite missing six games for the season,” Ball said.

“A little bit of pace and a little bit of youth coming through, but also some experience.”

The Demons have already lost big man Jacob Foot to GFL club Bell Park, while Guy O’Keefe, Dylan Weir and

MEANWHILE, GFL club Bell Park has signed key position player Darby Schilder from VFL club Werribee.

A St Mary’s junior, who played four senior games with the Saints in 2016, injury limited the 19-year-old to just four matches in the Tigers’ development league line-up this year.

Schilder also spent two years with the Geelong Falcons and co-captained St Joseph’s College to its win in last year’s Herald Sun Shield.

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