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Rounds boost for Roos

Bell Park star Luke Rounds has joined Anglesea. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ANGLESEA will find itself discussed a legitimate premiership contender over the BFL pre-season following the signing of Bell Park star Luke Round and quality East Geelong forward Jack Elliott.

The Roos, who lost to Torquay in this year’s first-semi final hopes the addition of the pair can push them towards snapping a premiership drought stretching back to 1999, now the second-longest in the competition.

Coach Paul Nigro is excited to welcome Rounds, who played six matches for Collingwood between 2009-12, and Elliott, who finished second in the GDFL goal kicking, to Alcoa Oval.

He says talks with Rounds, who turns 29 in February, have been ongoing for several weeks.

“He’s been fully transparent on both sides, and we’ve worked through that over the last few weeks,” Nigro said.

“We’re rapt to have him on board. He’s a great acquisition for us, and there’s a connection there with Zane Vail.

“After five years at Bell Park, he was looking for a change; a little bit of a change of lifestyle and a change of footy.

“I’ve met him a couple of times having coached against him. He’s great a guy, a very good player, and he really fits our mould and something we’re looking to add to our list.”

Elliott was one of the most improved players in the GDFL in 2019 in helping East Geelong grab a finals berth for the first time in five years.

He finished with 52 goals from 19 games, being held goalless just once for the season, and was a surprising omission from the GDFL Team of the Year.

Elliott will join brother Darcy, who arrived at Anglesea in the middle of the season, at the club.

“While Jack certainly enjoyed his time at East Geelong, I think he’s looking to take the next step – he’s only 22,” Nigro said.

“We’re also conscious of helping Jordy (Erskine) share the load a little bit.”

Nigro hasn’t ruled out further signings for Anglesea, which will shed eight points from the line-up that lined-up against Torquay.

“There’s room for one or two more, and we’re talking to those people as we speak,” he said.

“Hopefully we can add one more and our list would be pretty much done.”

Nigro also confirmed Blake and Aaron Grant were weighing up their future.

Blake is considering returning to Donald, while Aaron has been linked to GDFL club North Geelong.

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