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Carey a Giant boost for West

Ocean Grove Justin Carey has signed with GDFL club Geelong West. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG West has added some much-needed experience as it looks to put a disappointing 2019 behind it following the signing of Justin Carey.

The versatile Ocean Grove veteran, who has also played locally with GFL club St Albans and in elite competitions including the Ovens and Murray and Goulburn Valley, signed with the Giants on the weekend.

“It was a really good opportunity to get someone of Justin’s calibre on-board. Not just with his on-field leadership, but his off-field stuff as well,” West co-coach Mitch Wight said.

“That will help our young guys improve a heap. His wife Alex is involved in the women’s team, so that was our connection to him.

“He’s got a few other mates involved as well, so we had a couple of chats, and I think he was really impressed with what we’re building and wanted to be a part of it.

“And having Alex at the footy club makes it a bit easier for him.”

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Wight says Carey fills a void in an area he and co-coach Andrew Clark identified as an issue following their fall from a semi-final berth in 2018 to eighth this year.

“We need more mature bodies, and he’s someone that can bring that, with a little bit of leadership as well,” Wight said.

“At times, we lacked a little bit of leadership out on the field. Justin’s experience at a higher level, and being involved in a bit of coaching this year at Ocean Grove and in the past at St Albans, will really help our guys that that next step.”

The Giants look set to retain the majority of their list, with veteran duo Cam Addie and captain Scott Jervies yet to indicate their plans for 2020.

“At this stage, no confirmation of retirements,” Wight said.

“We’re probably at 98 per cent retained. So, at this stage, there is only two or three we’re waiting on what they decide to do.

“We’re hopeful that will play on, but that is something that will play out over the next couple of months.”

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