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Forbes a Tiger again

Former Modewarre forward Luke Forbes has re-joined. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

VETERAN forward Luke Forbes has put retirement plans on hold after signing with reigning GDFL premier Thomson.

Forbes, 36, appeared set to hang up the boots after playing in Modewarre’s first BFL senior flag in September.

However, Tigers coach Reece Holwell has confirmed Forbes, who has also played with St Joseph’s and Newtown & Chilwell, will return to Godfrey Street for a third stint in purple and gold, which will see him play as a one-pointer.

“He had a bit of time off after winning the grand final for Modda last year, and he had a bit of time to think about it,” Holwell said.

“He still feels like he’s got, hopefully, more than one year of good footy left in him.

“Just by chance, I messaged him, and he was away. I organised a catch-up when he came back, and it didn’t take long; I think his mind was made up before we actually caught up.”

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In his most recent tenure at Thomson, across the 2012 and 2013 season, Forbes kicked 181 goals in 35 games, including 126 in 2012 when he also won the Whitley Medal as GDFL best-and-fairest.

With the return of Jackson Macleod from Apollo Bay and the Westwood brothers, Jarrod and Josh, from Geelong Amateur, Holwell will have plenty of forward firepower at his disposal.

“We’ve got more than one string to our bow down there now,” Holwell said.

“Jackson can play high, or on even on a wing, so we’ve got a lot of flexibility down there.

“It’s looking quite good, but we’ve still got to make it all click.”

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However, Holwell says Forbes, who has battled knee issues in recent years, won’t play every game.

“He’s looking at between 10 and 14 games, so we can manage him throughout the year and get him right, hopefully, for the end of the year,” Holwell said.

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