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Fringe Joeys among Ammos arrivals

Jarred Jans in action for St Joseph’s. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG Amateur is the beneficiary of several fringe GFL players chasing more senior opportunities, including the joint winners of the Allthorpe Medal in 2021.

Ammos have confirmed the arrival at KFC Oval of St Joseph’s quintet Jarred Jans and Lachie Devine – who topped the GFL reserve grade best-and-fairest count – as well as Max Hungerford, Luke McCoy and Angus Bock.

All five played under new Amateur co-coach Daniel Holroyd, who will partner ex-North Shore mentor Sam Darley in 2022.

“All the boys that have come across, we look at them as senior footballers,” Darley said.

“They’ve trained like that up until now, and I can only take them on face value from what we’ve seen so far.

“Jansy’s been a stand out for us. I thought he’d been at Ammos for a long period of time the way he meshed with the group.

“His work ethic and rocking up to every session has been second-to-none.”


The addition of Devine and Hungerford will add some much-needed firepower to a team that averaged just ten goals a match in 2021.

Against the top five, that average dropped to just under seven majors per game.

“It is something the club has identified,” Darley said. “If we could get a key forward, that would straighten us up a lot.

“Maxy’s a great size. I haven’t seen Lachie play; I’ve only seen him train. But to kick six goals (in a game) at GFL senior level is handy however you look at it.

“Maxy could be the one, but he looks like he could play as a third tall as well.

“It will be interesting to see as we start to play practice games and intra-clubs how these guys start to step up.”


Also signing with Ammos, who missed the finals for the first time in nine years, are former juniors Cam Lewis and Kristian Bucovaz.

Lewis has 91 games of GFL senior experience after stints with Newtown & Chilwell and Geelong West.

Bucovaz, who will also have a coaching role, played 101 matches at Bell Park, including the Dragons’ 2011 premiership.

Reigning best-and-fairest Brad Surkitt is the only confirmed departure after electing to link up with former Ammos and Grovedale teammate Adam Donohue at GDFL premiership favourite Inverleigh.

However, Darley revealed veteran duo Daniel Lovick and Jarrod Young remain undecided on their futures.

“Both those boys are probably going to wait-and-see closer to the start of the year,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a move between the BFL and GDFL, experienced Queenscliff forward Cam Habgood has signed with Thomson.

Habgood played 75 games and kicked 124 goals for the Coutas.

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