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Barton back at Bell Post Hill

Bell Post Hill has welcomed back Tim Barwon after a season with Penshurst. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE homecoming of Tim Barton has further boosted Bell Post Hill’s plans for a quick return to the GDFL finals in 2020.

The versatile veteran, who spent this year with Penshurst in the Mininera league, has become the latest premiership player to find their way back to Myers Reserve, joining Dylan Witney, Nick Costello and Danny Gray in signing with the Panthers.

Coach Justin Tarr is more than happy to have the long-kicking Barton, who has played in five premierships with Bell Post Hill, back at the club.

“He can play anywhere,” Tarr said. “He played on-ball pretty much all of last year (at Penshurst) and played pretty well.

“He’s experienced, he trains really hard and is a good leader.

“He’s a bit of a weapon for me.”

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The Panthers have also added North Shore midfielder Sam Harmer who arrives at the club with 57 GFL senior games under his belt.

“Sam’s a young kid who is hard at it,” Tarr said.

“He’s a got a few mates up at Bell Post Hill – he’s good mates with Luke Mann – and he was looking for a bit of a change and wanted to come across.

“We’re rapt to have him on board. He’s a good age – he’s only 22 or 23.

“We’re just not putting all of our eggs into next year’s basket; we want to have another ten years of success.”

Throw in the previously announced addition of Chris and Nick Daniele to the returns of Barton, Witney Costello and Gray and the signing of Harmer, and Tarr says there’s plenty of excitement around the Panthers ahead of pre-season training starting on November 13.

“But talent only takes you so far,” he said.

“The boys are looking forward to getting into pre-season and getting themselves super fit.

“Guys that were there last year weren’t happy at missing out on finals, so we’ve got a bit of hunger back, which is good.”

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