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Hornsey among Modda recruits

Grovedale defender Tom Hornsey has joined BFL club Modewarre, (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MODEWARRE has strengthened its key position stocks with the addition of Tom Hornsey and Darby Schilder.

Hornsey, who had VFL experience with Geelong before heading to the USA as a punter in College football, arrives from GFL club Grovedale after a year with the Tigers, which he spent mostly in defence.

Warriors co-coach Seamus Orr revealed they first spoke to the 30-year-old before the 2019 season.

“We’re just a really good fit for him and his next stage of life,” Orr said.

“We’re excited by what Tom can bring for us at either end of the ground.”

Former Geelong Falcon Schilder has spent the last two seasons at Bell Park, including this year alongside returning Warrior Jeremy Ollis.

He can play in the ruck, but Orr says he is more than likely to fill a key position.

“We don’t anticipate him going through the ruck, but he can do that, Orr said.

“He had a really good connection with Jez Ollis from this year at Bell Park, so that was a piece of the puzzle that helped us get Darby across.

“Certainly, we can see him playing a key position at either end of the ground.”

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Modewarre will also welcome back 2018 premiership captain Jacob Clark following time at the police academy which put his football on hold in 2019.

Orr says discussions with other former Warriors are continuing.

“We still want to explore some other guys coming back to the club as well,” he said. “Those talks are still happening.

“I think local footy (recruiting) gets later and later each year.

“We’ll keep our finger on the pulse in terms of recruiting and adding to our list.

“But, at the same time, an element does shift into pre-season planning for the coaches.”

Cody Grant (overseas) is the only definite departure for Modewarre, while John Meesen is weighing up his playing future after stepping down as co-coach.

Meesen’s decision has seen the Warriors put a coaching team in place for 2020, with Orr joined by fellow star Mitch Fisher and the experienced Chris Hickey.

“I think it was well documented in 2018 with John and Josh (Finch) and 2019 that it was very much a coaching group with the workload evenly spread,” Orr said

“I think it’s the next progression to make it more formal and finalise a three-man coaching structure.”

Orr believes it will give himself, Fisher and Hickey a better balance to focus on key areas that are their coaching strengths.

“And it gives more availability and opportunity for players to come to coaches and access coaches,” he said.

“One of the biggest challenges we face in local football is that we’re time poor at training.

“So we feel like that’s going to be the best fit for everyone moving forward.

“They (Fisher and Hickey) have both got really good footy brains, and they bring different things as well, which is important.”

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