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Former Warrior returns home

Connor Joseph has returned to Modewarre after six years at Newtown & Chilwell. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MODEWARRE has welcomed back a talented former junior and added a midfielder with TAC Cup experience as its fruitful off-season continues.

The Warriors, who announced the arrival of former Geelong and North Melbourne forward Aaron Black last month, have confirmed the signings of Connor Joseph from Newtown & Chilwell and Damon Hemphill from St Albans.

A member of Modewarre’s Division 2 Colts premiership in 2015, Josephs spent six years at the Eagles, playing 55 games and kicking 79 goals.

He kicked a team-high 48 goals in 2019, including a haul of 13 against Lara.

Despite his undoubted ability to play up forward, Warriors coach Chris Hickey says Joseph is keen to spend some time further up the ground.

“We’re pretty happy with him having that flexibility to be able to do that,” Hickey said.

“That forward role can be hard to play at times, and he’s indicated he wants to have some versatility in what he can bring to our team, and we think he can do that without any problems.

“He’s got an ability to kick goals, but he’s also a very good ball user.

“I think we can kill two birds with one stone there.”

Hemphill’s link with current Warrior Adam Boshevski, who co-coached the Supersaints in 2019, played a role in him arriving at Moriac.

He played 39 GFL senior games in three seasons after arriving from Ovens and Murray League club Yarrawonga, where he represented both the league and the Murray Bushrangers.

“We spoke to him in October, and he was just looking at what his options were,” Hickey said. “I know he had a good relationship with Adam and Jack Beardsell.

“We were lucky to get to speak to him, and we presented our case.

“He needed some time to think about whether he wanted to keep playing at St Albans.

“We spoke to him again, and he’s made the decision to come across, and we’re pretty happy with that.”

However, Modewarre will be without leadership group member Sam Romeril in 2022.

The 2018 premiership player will join his brothers at Central Highlands League club Skipton.

“He’s moved to Ballarat; he’s got a job in Ballarat, where he’s originally from, and he’s got an opportunity to play with brothers,” Hickey said.

“This might be the last opportunity he has to do that, so we wish him all the best.

“We’re hoping it will only be a one-year thing for Sam because he’s been really good for us – both on and off the field.

“He sets really good standards, and he’s added an aspect of culture that we really like at Modewarre.”

After missing the chance to challenge for a grand final berth following the COVID-19-enforced early end of the season, Modewarre will be one of the last clubs to commence pre-season training.

Hickey says the Warriors will return in early December.

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