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Randone departs Coutas

Michael Randone has departed Queenscliff. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

QUEENSCLIFF looks to set to be without Michael Randone for the 2021 season with the talented big man heading north for the winter.

The 25-year-old former Werribee-listed ruck will join former Coutas teammate Brock Thompson in Brisbane.

However, coach Steve Clark hope Randone will return to Queenscliff in the future.

“It’s a loss for us, but it’s a great opportunity for him,” Clark said.

“He’s coming back to visit during the year, and we certainly expect to see him back in red, white and blue at some point.

“It’s an opportunity they’ve looked at in the past, but everything’s fallen into place for them this year.”

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Randone has been the Coutas No.1 ruck in recent years following the retirement of Nik Orvis.

However, Clark is confident they can cover his departure with the likes of Alex Snowdon, Brayden Warren and Dylan Whitley.

“We’ve guys that have worked in tandem, or were going to work in tandem with ‘Pickles’,” he said.

“And there’s a couple of others that will potentially get the opportunity to get some game time.

“We had started to look at ‘Pickles’ at centre half-back.

“I think we’ll be no worries with the guys who can fill that (ruck) void.”

Queenscliff. which returned to training on Monday night, have practice matches scheduled against Central Highlands league club Waubra and Sorrento in the annual Battle of the Rip.

The Coutas open their season at home against Geelong Amateur on Easter Saturday (April 3)

Meanwhile, Queenscliff is continuing its search for coaches for its under-17 and under-19 teams.

For more information, contact Steve Clark on 0418 366 938

IN OTHER PLAYER MOVEMENT NEWS, Barwon Heads has continued to strengthen its list with the addition of former Western Region star Leigh Spiteri.

The 31-year-old played 152 games with Altona, including their 2012 premiership.

He represented the WRFL on three occasions and Vic Metro once, while also spending a season with VFL club Williamstown.

“It is a great coup for our club to get Spitta on board,” Seagulls football boss Brendan Curry told the club’s website.

“He is a very experienced player and, more importantly, a high-quality person who will add to our group both on and off the ground.

“Supporters will see a player who always gives 100 per cent every week and goes about his job in an uncomplicated manner and will quickly earn the respect of the player group.”

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