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Buck lures Bouwman to Hawks

Inverleigh has signed former Modewarre forward Josh Bouwman. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

IN a week it has farewelled star trio Jak Kennedy Hunt, Simon Seddon and Blake Hutchinson, some good news for Inverleigh with the addition of quality Modewarre forward Josh Bouwman.

The classy Bouwman, whose brother Ben is already at the Hawks, returns to the GDFL for the first time since departing East Geelong at the end of 2013 for stints with Bellarine clubs Anglesea and Modewarre.

However, he missed out on a place in the Warriors’ historic first BFL premiership after being unable to force his way back into the team following a mid-season injury.

“‘Lingy’ (Inverleigh football boss Brent Ling) and the boys got on to him pretty early,” new coach Adam Donohue said. “I think he was half-keen to get on board anyway.

“We had a meeting with him Sunday, and he signed on the dotted line.

“We’re happy to get the first signing out of the way.”

While Donohue is not seeing him as a replacement for Kennedy Hunt, Bouwman, who is about to enter the Police Academy, does have plenty of tricks in front of goal.

He kicked 79 goals from 30 games with East Geelong, 105 in 36 at Anglesea, and 59 in 26 at Modewarre.

“Jak’s going to be sorely missed, and he kicked a lot of goals,” Donohue said.

“But, in saying that, Jak didn’t play a lot last year, and when Inverleigh were playing without him they were going really well apart from the grand final without him.

“Josh adds a bit of class in the forward line and hopefully kicks a few goals for us.”

Meanwhile, GDFL rival Geelong West has confirmed the signing of Aidan Cole from Hampden league club Cobden.

Cole, who has previously coached Nirranda in the Warrnambool and District competition, is the Giants’ second key off-season acquisition after signing Tim Wight from Barwon Heads.

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