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Star duo joins Seagulls

Barwon Heads recruits Brad Harvey and Tim McIntyre. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

BARWON Heads has landed a couple of crucial recruiting blows as it looks to go one better than this year’s runner-up finish in 2019.

The Seagulls unveiled former Adelaide-listed forward Tim McIntyre and ex-Brisbane Lions rookie Brad Harvey on Sunday afternoon.

McIntyre who featured in one AFL game for the Crows – a Showdown against Port Adelaide in which he kicked two goals – has most recently played with Hampden league club Koroit, where he was a key member of consecutive premiership teams and won the Saints’ best-and-fairest in 2017.

Harvey comes to Barwon Heads from Yarra Valley club Wandin, where he has spent the last four years, including playing in a premiership alongside former Torquay spearhead Michael Fowkes.

“Brad’s played down back most of his time at Wandin,” Seagulls co-coach Mitch Herbison said.

“Tim’s been a forward for Koroit – a high half-forward, (a) hard working runner who could potentially go in the midfield as well.

“So, it gives us a bit of flexibility, which is good.”

Herbison, who will share the coaching role with former St Mary’s and Lara mentor Troy Mitchell, says both McIntyre and Harvey are part of a targeted recruiting strategy as the Seagulls look to reverse the shock grand final loss to Modewarre.

“It’s a tough thing to do now with the points … you just can’t go out and get any player that comes your way. You’ve got to be a bit more strategic with it,” he said.

“We’ve looked to fill some holes that we identified, and we’ll continue to do that with our recruiting going forward.

“We played with pretty high points for most of last year, so we can’t out and get a heap of players, we’ve just got to be strategic about the three or four we bring in.”

Barwon Heads played at its points cap of 40 in the grand final, but with seven players shedding a point, including star forward Mitch Phelps and big man Tyson MacIlwain, they have room for a couple of more handy recruits.

On the radar is a marking forward and a back-up big man.

“Our recruiting from now, we’ll look at players who are available in that department, and hopefully we can fill that void.

“In saying that, Brock Close didn’t play a lot of footy last year. He’s a player who could potentially fill that role.”

Harvey’s arrival is timely with Ed Mitchell set to join outgoing co-coach Bobby Wallace in retirement.

The Seagulls are also unsure what access they will have to former Geelong VFL and South Barwon star Mark Corrigan, who will continue in a coaching role at Essendon.

“A little bit similar to last year; it’s a wait-and-see situation with his work commitments and his body,” Herbison said.

“If we get him it’s a bit of a bonus. But we probably plan without him.”


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