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Boost for Tigers’ flag defence

Jarrod (left) and Josh Westwood have joined reigning GDFL premier Thomson. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

THOMSON isn’t resting on its laurels as it strives for consecutive GDFL premierships with star brothers Jarrod and Josh Westwood landing at Godfrey Street.

The Tigers have confirmed the signing of the veteran pair, who played in premierships with both South Barwon and Geelong Amateur.

Jarrod, who didn’t play in 2018, has been locked away since October, with Josh only committing on Wednesday night after specialists gave him the all-clear to play following a hip issue.

“We got Jarrod on early in the piece. We kept that one under wraps because we were hoping to get Josh on board as well,” co-coach Reece Holwell said.

“It took until last (Wednesday) night after meetings and text messages and all the rest, but he’s committed.

“With their experience and the level of footy they’ve played before they’re going to be massive for the club.”

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Holwell says Jarrod is already having an impact.

“Jarrod’s training the house down; he’d be in our top five fittest,” Holwell, who played with both Westwoods at South Barwon in 2011, said.

“He’s looking to have a really big impact this year. There’ll be times where he’ll definitely be thrown into the midfield with his skillset and ability ready the footy.

“Josh has got that good defensive pressure he’ll be able to add into our forward line.

“He’ll be potentially able to play on a wing or as a high half-forward.”

Also arriving at Thomson are former Queenscliff co-coach Jono Casey, Zac Plant from North Shore and Modewarre’s Nick Allison, while Jackson Macleod has returned from a year with Apollo Bay.

The Tigers have also signed former North Geelong captain P.J. DiSanto, who last played in 2017.

With no departures from the team that upset Inverleigh in the grand finals, Holwell says it will intensify the competition for spots early in the season.

“Those guys coming on puts pressure on other guys at the club,” he said.

“Everyone’s on notice, which is a good position to be in.”

Holwell will also be able to factor in Troy Fenyvesi, who was the hard-luck story of 2018.

A knee injury suffered by the hard-nosed midfielder in the first semi-final win over Geelong West required surgery and ended his season.

However, Holwell expects Fenyvesi to be right for the opening round clash with Corio.

“He’s on a modified training program at the moment,” Holwell said.  A lot of bike stuff, boxing; that type of cross-training.

“But, he’ll be ready to go Round 1.”

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