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Jahd joins Jarv at Thomson

Thomson has signed former Ocean Grove midfielder Jahd Anderson. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THOMSON has put the cherry on the top of its 2021 recruiting cake with the signing of Jahd Anderson from Ocean Grove.

Anderson, who has GFL experience with both South Barwon and Geelong West-St Peter’s, joins fellow former Grubber and Swan Andrew Jarvis and ex-Ocean Grove defender Pete Hardy at Godfrey Street.

Co-coach Sam Jacka also confirmed the return of Brendan Wall to Godfrey Street.

Wall, who was part of the Tigers’ 2018 premiership team, was set to play with Rokewood-Corindhap in the Central Highlands league in 2020.

Sam Jacka says Anderson had been a player of interest to him and co-coach Jarrod Westwood for more than 12 months.

“I remember when we found out Reece (Holwell) and ‘Squizz’ (Brent Taylor) were finishing up, and there was a discussion around myself stepping up to become coach, a few of the boys were straight into me and said “these are some of the names you should have a chat to”,” Jacka said.

“And Jahd Anderson was one of the first names that were given to me by Matt Egan, who had worked a little bit with him.

“We interviewed Jahd to hopefully get him across for this year.

“But as soon we started talking to ‘Jarv’ it became a bit of a package deal because they’re pretty tight – they were housemates up until recently.

“If we could land one, we were positive we were going to get the second one.”

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Jacka says Anderson, who was a member of the BFL Team of the Year in 2015, will play predominantly in the midfield.

“We wanted to add another strong midfielder to the mix,” he said.

“Westy’s (Westwood) philosophy is to try and have as many guys going through the mids as possible.

“But there is the option of having him come off half-back, but I would say 90 per cent of his time would be spent in our midfield.”

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Jacka says Thomson will no longer actively be recruiting.

“We’re pretty much done unless someone walks through the door between now and the start of the season; we’d never say no to someone,” he said.

“But, we’re pretty happy with where we stand in terms of recruitment and who we’ve been able to bring into the club, not only this year but at the start of 2020.

“We’ll now start looking at tactics and gameplan moving forward.”

 

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