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Ballarat star joins Joeys

Lucas Anderson (middle) has signed with reigning GFL premier St Joseph’s. (Ballarat Courier Image/Luka Kauzlaric)

REIGNING GFL premier St Joseph’s has taken full advantage of a family link in signing Ballarat league star Lucas Anderson.

Anderson’s girlfriend is Joeys star Brant Haintz’s sister and the couple is making the move to the Surf Coast to live.

“We were on the front foot pretty early knowing they were relocating to Torquay from Ballarat,” St Joseph’s coach Heath Jamieson told krockfootball.com.au.

“We’ve been on conversations with him and he’s crossed over.”

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Originally from Bendigo, where he played TAC Cup with the Pioneers, Anderson managed seven senior games in two separate stints at VFL club North Ballarat.

He also played 39 games with Lake Wendouree and has represented Vic Country.

Anderson kicked 57 goals in 18 games with this year’s minor premier after undergoing a knee reconstruction early in the 2016 season.

“He’s another tall, which you can’t have enough of,” Jamieson said. “He can play both ends of the ground, which is exciting for us.

“We’re unsure where he fits in at this stage, but he could be that replacement for (Daniel) Lovick, or he could go forward and someone else might go back.

“We’ll have a look over the pre-season and see where he best fits. But he definitely is a quality player.”

St Joseph’s have also signed midfielder Martin Dufty from Western Region club Albion.

Dufty won the Cats’ best-and-fairest after arriving from Central Highlands league club Bungaree.

“He’s a running utility who can play all over the ground,” Jamieson said.

“He has adapted well to every level he has played at and wants to test himself at GFL level.”

Jamieson says Anderson and Dufty will be among less than a handful of players St Joseph’s will look to add in its quest to win consecutive premierships for the first time in the club’s history.

“We’re not going to go overboard with players that we bring in,” he said.

“One thing I’ve always made sure is they’re not only good footballers, but good people, so we’re happy to bring him in.

“We’ll speak to another couple of players, but we’re not going to go silly.

“We’d like to think we’ll top up with 3-4. We’re pretty sure we’ll lose 3-4, whether to VFL or other commitments elsewhere.

“You don’t know where people get posted when they come out of uni, so you want to make sure you are replenishing and not falling behind.”

Joeys will return to training on November 27.

“Players have been given a pre-training program from (strength and conditioning coach) Kris Hinck, so they’ll be into that over the next few weeks,” Jamieson said.

“We’ll do eleven sessions before Christmas, which should be enough to get the blood flowing.”

MEANWHILE, beaten preliminary finalist Colac has added Darcy Theodore from local club Colac Imperials.

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