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Hough among handy ins at Anakie

Anakie has signed Mitch Hough from Modewarre. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ANAKIE is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to end a 20-year long finals drought with a fruitful off-season of acquisitions continuing.

Having already confirmed the return of star forward Jamie Pitman from North Geelong, the Roos have added Modewarre veteran Mitch Hough, talented North Shore youngster Brad Gerrard and impressive Corio defender Tim Van Zyl.

Hough, who arrived in the region from Bendigo league club Kangaroo Flat last year, is a major coup for coach Chris Moore.

His resume also includes a stint with Bendigo in the VFL and a premiership in the VAFA C Section with Old Camberwell.

“Mitch is a great get for us,” Moore said. “He’s got what a lot of us don’t have out there and that’s experience, especially at a higher level.

“He’ll be invaluable for us on and off the field.

“We make the phone calls – like every other club – and he got back to us a couple of weeks ago.

“He liked what we are about, he liked that we were an up-and-coming side, and he likes the country atmosphere, which is good.”

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Anakie used a family link to get Gerrard, who played 33 senior games with the Seagulls after winning the AFL Barwon Colts Division 2 medal in 2015, to the club.

“He’s got a couple of brothers that play with us,” Moore said. “We’ve had a look at him over the last couple of years.

He was keen to make the move out with his brothers, so it’s great to have him on board.”

Van Zyl returned to Corio this year having spent time with fellow GDFL club Geelong West.

“We needed someone to help Mitch Wight down back … we definitely needed another key defender,” Moore said.

“We’ve had our eyes on Tim for 12 months and watched him a couple of times and we were lucky enough to get him.”

Also making the move to the Roos are Brayden Cotter (North Geelong) and John Gillett (Lara).

With Moore going it alone as following the decision by Jamie Grace to step down, Anakie has restructured its coaching team.

Nathan Kenyon has been appointed assistant coach, while the experienced Gavin Habib – who has previously coached the Roos’ senior team – will share the reserves role with Cameron Cooper, as well as assisting Moore.

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