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Fisher boost for Warriors

Modewarre welcomed back star midfielder Mitch Fisher. (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

MODEWARRE has confirmed the return of quality midfielder Mitch Fisher and experienced defender Seamus Orr for the 2018 season.

Fisher and Orr were both members of the Warriors’ 2016 grand final team, with Fisher having another stint last year at South Barwon, while Orr sat out the season.

Modewarre has also signed talented Newtown & Chilwell youngster Cody Grant, who played 28 games across two seasons at Elderslie Reserve.

Co-coach John Meesen revealed Fisher and Orr, who will both having assistant coaching roles, were specific targets of Modewarre in this new era of player points and salary cap.

“I think it’s really important with the restrictions on what you can and can’t do that you get the right people in,” he said.

“Both of those guys have played VFL and GFL football. So what they can do on the field is really important, but also they are really quality people off the field as well, and I think they fit the culture really well.

“Fish is a junior player so he comes back to the club as a one-pointer, and one-pointers are really invaluable when you’re trying to build a successful side.”

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Fisher was one of the key components of Modewarre’s barnstorming run through the 2016 finals, which saw the Warriors come from an elimination final to play in their first BFL grand final.

He kicked 38 goals from 22 games, including nine in the finals, and was sorely missed by Modewarre in 2017 as its season came to a halt with a first semi-final loss to Barwon Heads.

“For too long, too much has probably been left up to ‘Finchy’ (co-coach Josh Finch) to carry the load in that regard,” Meesen said.

“We know special a player he is when he is up and going; he kicks goals and wins the ball and does it all.

“Getting some guys who can take the pressure of him – I’d says that Fish was a really, really valuable asset for us, not only to go as a three-pronged attacked with ‘Finchy’ and Jezza Ollis, but his ability to go forward and kick goals to give other coaches a bit of a headache on who they’re going to put some work into.

“If you knuckle down on one, the other might bob up.”

Orr is unlikely to play every game due his role with Geelong, but the Warriors are confident he will have an impact during the matches he is available.

“‘Orry’ provides such valuable leadership, kicks the ball really well, and his decision-making is really quite strong,” Meesen said

“To have someone at three points who can slot straight into your backline and help organise and run things, and set the tone back there, if he came knocking at your door you’d be silly not to take him.”

The Warriors have farewelled Mitch Hough, who has returned to the Goulburn Valley league to play with Shepparton Swans, while big man Nic Clarke is also a confirmed departure.

Veteran forward Chris Mamalis is also no certainty to line-up in 2018, however Luke Forbes looks set to enter the season injury free.

MEANWHILE, the Warriors’ opening round opponent Torquay have signed former Newtown & Chilwell player Taury Zimmer.

Zimmer has a link to the Tigers having played his early football at Koroit, the original club of coach Dom Gleeson.

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