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Erskine energised by Roo move

Anglesea recruit Jordan Erskine. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

BOOM Anglesea recruit Jordan Erskine has revealed the pending birth of his first child and the establishment of his own carpentry business were behind his decision to end his stint in the GFL.

In his first interview since departing Grovedale after five years in October, Erskine said a move was something he had considered since late in the 2017 season.

“The unknown around the commitment with having a baby – and it’s our first … so that bit less of a (football) commitment was my main reason,” he said.

“It had nothing to do with the actual footy club itself. I’ve got a lot of friends there.

“Most of the people there were pretty good about the situation … a few blokes were pretty immature.”

Erskine kicked 351 goals for the Tigers after arriving at Burdoo Reserve from SANFL club Port Adelaide in 2013.

He helped Grovedale to its maiden GFL grand final appearance that year, while the Tigers made the preliminary final in 2016.

Erskine played 91 of a possible 99 games and admits the chance to bring up the ton with Grovedale was nearly enough to remain in yellow and black.

“I’ve never played a hundred senior games anywhere,” he said. “Back at Port Adelaide I played 120 in the twos.

“That was the biggest thing that nearly made me stay.”

However, he’s been part of a mass exodus from Grovedale, with fellow former Tigers Jordan Harrison, Jordan Harrison and Anglesea junior Ash Caldwell joining him at Alcoa Oval.

Throw in Brad Surkitt and Adam Donohue crossing to Geelong Amateur and the Round 1 meeting between the Roos and Ammos will have plenty of spice.

“It’s going to be a very interesting game. Between the two teams there’s going to be 13 of us from Grovey in the last five years,” he said.

“I’ve played a lot of footy with Jarrod Young; I played with him for about nine years.

“Last year was the first year I haven’t played with him since I was about 21.”

And, not surprisingly, the trash talk has already started.

“The good thing is he’s probably only of the only blokes in the BFL that I’ll be faster than,” Erskine said.

“It should be a bit of fun.”

The match will also mark the BFL debut of former St Joseph’s star Daniel Lovick, who Erskine expects will attempt to fill the hole in front of him.

“The last few years he’s tried to do exactly the same thing,” he said.

“The only thing that’s good for me is that his partner-in-crime (Dale Carson) will be on my team instead of standing next to me, so it will be a bit easier.”

Carson, who contemplated retirement after suffering a fractured wrist in the middle of 2017, looks set to play on.

That leaves coach and brother Paul Carson with a dilemma; does he play Dale forward with Erskine? Or send him down back.

“He’ll be bit of a swingman, I guess, the way he has been in the GFL,” Erskine.

“He’d be one of the best backmen I’ve stood in Geelong. Probably him, Jeremy Larcombe, Tom Stewart are the top three that I’ve stood.

“And he’s as good up forward. I guess it will just depend on how our games are going.”

Erskine’s wife Ali is due on April 28, the day before the Roos’ Round 5 meeting with Portarlington.

He says discussions have been held about what could unfold.

“I could be leaving the game early or might not make it,” he said.

“The wife and I have a plan in place that we could have the phone with the runner or something along the lines of that.

“We’ll see how we go. It could be interesting if I have a bag (of goals) and I get a phone call.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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