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Link helps Coutas sign Di Lizio

Queenscliff recruit Luke Di Lizio. (Coburg Image)

QUEENSCLIFF has used a family link to add some class to its squad with the signing of former VFL listed player Luke Di Lizio.

The 22-year-old spent 2018 on Richmond’s VFL development before heading to Coburg last year.

Coutas coach Steve Clark said Di Lizio’s father went to school with Queenscliff football boss Pete Caddy, with the Di Lizio’s also owning a holiday home in the area.

“He’s a terrific young man, and you can see he comes from really good stock,” Clark said.

“He’ll be fantastic for us, both on and off the ground.

“We’re rapt to get hold of him.”

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A junior with St Bernard’s in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Di Lizio represented the Western Region Football League at junior level.

He made his senior debut in 2017 and played 18 games, as well as representing the VAFA under-19 team against Vic Country and touring Ireland with VAFA International Rules team.

Di Lizio helped St Bernard’s to the Premier B flag in 2018, before holding his own with 18 goals from 17 games as the club won eight games in its return to the VAFA’s top flight last year.

“He’ll be able to play at either end of the ground, so we get that versatility,” Clark said.

“He can play as a third tall (forward), or an attacking half-back, or a taller wingman.

“Marking is his strength, and he’s a goalkicker as well, so we’ll be able to float him between the arcs, depending on what we need.”

Clark revealed the Coutas, who missed the finals in 2019, are continuing discussions with prospective recruits.

“We’re talking with a couple of guys that, hopefully, we might be able to announce soon,” he said.

“But we’re not in a huge hurry, so we’ve been really specific (with our recruiting).

“We think we’ve got a really good core group, so we just want to add one, maybe two, if they come along in a specific area.

“And we’ve got some good young kids coming up this year. We’ll get a good bunch that have played some senior footy and are coming out of there junior footy.

“Then there’s a couple of kids that are still playing at junior level that will certainly look to play senior footy at some stage.”

Following the already confirmed return of Tim Connolly and Mitch Butteriss to Leopold, Clark said Paul Dreher is unlikely to pull on the red, white and blue.

The St Joseph’s premiership player, who arrived at Queenscliff ahead of the cancelled 2020 season, is set to play in Melbourne.

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