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Former St Joseph’s star Brenton Rees in action in the qualifying final win over Newtown & Chilwell. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

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CHRISTMAS has come early for Newcomb after landing the signature of star St Joseph’s midfielder Brenton Rees.

Co-coach Rory Nicol has revealed a link to fellow Power recruit Adam Stirling helped land the 24-year-old.

“Stirlo’s come over from Winchelsea, and he’s friends with Brenton, and he asked him if he’d be interested in having a chat with us, and he did,” Nicol.

“Jye (Walker – co-coach) and I had a coffee with him and then gave him some space to think about it.

“It was obviously a difficult decision to leave St Joseph’s, but we had a follow-up conversation yesterday (Tuesday) and he’s decided to come on board.

“We were respectful of the fact it was a big decision to leave such a quality club and his premiership teammates.

“He’s decided to come on board for a new challenge, which is really pleasing for the Newcomb footy club.”

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Rees is one of the best-credentialled recruits to arrive at Grinter Reserve in recent times.

As well as featuring in two premierships and winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2014 among his 84 matches with Joeys, he played 25 VFL games with Geelong across 2015-16 and five with Werribee in 2018.

Rees, who also played TAC Cup with the Gippsland Power before moving to the region to study, represented the GFL in 2019.

Nicol his arrival is a further sign the perception of Newcomb is changing.

“I wasn’t having conversations with players like this two years ago,” he said.

“Off the back of six wins and six losses 30 points and under, the club’s a bit easier to sell.

“It’s a credit to bringing in good people, and the overflow effect of that is bringing in a quality person and quality footballer.

“It’s pleasing that Newcomb’s changing its perception when we bring in a quality player like that.”

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Rees becomes the latest quality addition for Newcomb this off-season, joining the likes of Stirling, Walker (Leopold), and the returning Matt Walson, who played the last of his four games for the Power in 2017.

“His work took him away from Newcomb, unfortunately,” Nicol said.

“He would be one of the best ball users in the competition, in terms of skills under pressure and decision-making.

“He’s also put on 8kgs since he was last at Newcomb. He was pretty slight and that’s probably what stopped him from playing regular VFL senior footy.

“He’s probably around the 82kg mark, and he’ll be good for us forward of the footy and in the midfield.”

Newcomb opens its 2020 campaign with a twilight clash against Ocean Grove at Ray Menzies Oval on April 4.

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