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Eagles add key planks

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EAST Geelong has boosted its key position stocks with Mitch Helmore and Kieren Walsh’s arrival from Colac and District League club Western Eagles.

Helmore, a member of the CDFL Team of the Year in 2019, will slot into the full-back position, while Walsh can play at either end of the ground or in the ruck.

“They’re two guys that will be structurally really important for us, and they’ll certainly push all the other senior players we’ve got,” first-year Eagles coach Ben Boseley said.

“The bigger and stronger you can make your squad, the better you’re going to be.

“We think that Mitch and Kieren will play a significant role in the senior team moving forward.

“Even though we haven’t been in the news as much as others, we’re really with the list we’re starting to accumulate.”

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Helmore and Walsh have been joined at Richmond Crescent by fellow former Western Eagle James Carter, with their arrival following that of Boseley’s former Birregurra teammate Michael Bolitho late last year.

Boseley also confirmed the re-signing of former St Albans star and GFL representative Luke Williams.

Williams, who most recently played with Portarlington, had signed for the 2020 season before it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

“We think Luke’s an exceptional player,” Boseley said. “He’s an outstanding individual; he’s a guy that’s well-loved around the football club.

“It’s been hard for Luke to get to training with work, like most people.

“But he’s a real classy player for us, and we look forward to seeing him in full flight this year.

“It’s just not going to be about Luke but the guys in and around Luke. I can see him being a classy player in a good, strong structure.”

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Boseley has confirmed he will play having benefited from not playing since 2017.

“I think I’ve still got, hopefully, a few years left,” he said. “A couple of years off has been really good for me.

“I’ve always kept nice and active within my lifestyle. But, I think those little sort spots have gone, which is nice.

“As you get older, you’ve got to manage your body and know your body, and I think I’ve done that.

“Pre-Christmas was going to be a good indicator for me, and after I completed the 14-15 sessions, I felt really good and confident in my body.

“So, as I manage it, I’m confident I’ll be able to get through every game and every train session, so I’m really excited from a personal point-of-view.”

Dale Lappin, who missed the elimination final loss to Inverleigh in 2019, is a confirmed departure, joining forward Jack Elliott, who was headed to Anglesea for the 2020 season.

East Geelong will play practice matches against Newcomb (March 6) and Birregurra (March 27) before opening its season at home against arch-rival Thomson on April 10.

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