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Young Seagull returns to Roos

Bailey Ettridge in action for North Shore. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WANTAWAY North Shore young gun Bailey Ettridge will play football in 2019, but not at GFL rival Lara.

Instead, the Seagulls have agreed to clear Ettridge, who lost an appeal to AFL Victoria to join the Cats last month, to Anakie for the remainder of the season.

“We’ve been in discussions with North Shore for the last month,” Roos co-coach Chris Moore said.

“It’s been a process working out a few things, but he finally came across to us last night.

“It’s good for all involved.”

Ettridge, who spent 2012-15 with Anakie, which included 14 senior games, is likely to return as a one-pointer in a significant boost for the Roos, who have just one game in the first half of the GDFL season.

“We applied for a points allocation with the league last night,” Moore said.

“We’re waiting on confirmation, but we’re confident he’ll be a one-point player.”

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Moore is yet to decide on how he and Nathan Kenyon will use Ettridge, who has been training between Anakie and Lara in recent weeks.

“He hasn’t played footy since last year, and although he’s been training until you actually put that into a game scenario, you’ve got to be careful,” he said.

“He’ll definitely spend some time on the ball, but how long that goes for will be a case of a wait-and-see situation.”

However, Moore is unsure whether Ettridge will stay at Anakie Reserve beyond 2019.

“We said to Bailey we’ll let him play these nine games out and let him make the decision where he wants to play his football in the future,” he said.

“He’s definitely a GFL quality footballer, so if he decides to go down the GFL route, we’ll support him 100 per cent.

“But, if he enjoys his time at the Roos and wants to stay, we’ll definitely be excited about that.”

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