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Big man boost for Thomson

Former Ocean Grove big man Andrew Jarvis has joined Thomson (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

THOMSON has landed an off-season recruiting coup with the arrival of Ocean Grove big man Andrew Jarvis at Godfrey Street.

The 2019 GDFL runner-up announced the addition of Jarvis via social media on Saturday after speculation he was on the move from Ray Menzies Oval intensified in recent weeks.

His arrival will help offset the departure of premiership ruck Matt Baden, who has retired.

“It was one of the areas both Jarrod (Westwood) and I identified as, along with a couple of midfielders that we also lost from that 2019 team, that we needed to fill,” co-coach Sam Jacka said.

“We signed Josh Hill last year, and we were pretty happy with that, but we didn’t want to stop at one.

“We always said we need to play two ruckmen on the big ground (at St Albans Reserve) if we get back to the finals, which we hope we do.

“When Andrew Jarvis’ name comes across a text message, you start licking your lips and thinking “that’s a pretty good duo to put together”.

“We threw the Hail Mary pass, and it’s come off.”

A South Barwon product, Jarvis joined the Grubbers in 2015. He made an immediate impact, winning the club best-and-fairest in his first season.

However, his best year was arguably 2018 when he earned selection to the Vic Country squad after starring for the Bellarine in the Community Championships win over Wimmera.

Jarvis was lured back to South Barwon in 2019 as a result, and he played every game for the Swans, sharing ruck duties with Luke Davis.

He was set to play with Ocean Grove before the 2020 season was put on hold, and then eventually cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jarvis will link-up again with star midfielder Brent Macleod, who has returned to his junior club for the first time since winning the Whitley Medal in 2016.

“Bringing some of Jarv’s stature into your midfield is massive,” Jarvis said.

“But when you also bring in Brent Macleod – one of the top two or three midfielders in the comp – it certainly gives you a dangerous and formidable duo.”

As well as Baden and the previously announced retirement of Luke Forbes, Jacka confirmed Jared Matheson wouldn’t be a Tiger in 2021.

2020 recruit Jack Hodgson also won’t wear the purple and gold next year, instead choosing to return to St Joseph’s to have a crack at playing GFL seniors.

Jacka said he and Westwood are still actively recruiting.

“We’re talking to another two or three guys at the moment, and we’re pretty confident we’ll get those across the line, and that will be us done,” he said.

“But, if push comes to shove and the recruits are who we have right now, we’re pretty happy to put the cue in the rack and prepare for season 2021.”

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