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Bath back in the blue and green

St Mary’s has welcomed Luke Bath back to the club. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

LUKE Bath hopes to bookend his football career by playing in another GFL premiership with St Mary’s.

Bath, who was part of the Saints’ most recent success as a teenager in 2008, has returned to Anthony Costa Oval after four seasons playing in the Northern Territory with St Mary’s and in the NEAFL with the NT Thunder.

“I’m still trying to get used to the weather – it’s not as warm down here,” Bath, who last played in the GFL in 2014, said with a smile.

“Watching the last three years, you miss it. You feel like you could do something.

“But, I’m excited to be back. Heaps of young, new crew. It’s good.

“My fiancé and I moved back here to settle in and have life back in Geelong.

“It was pretty easy to come back here, and while the body’s still good I thought I’d give it another crack here.”

GFL: INS & OUTS

Bath, who played in two NTFL premierships and one with the Thunder, admits watching his former club suffer three consecutive grand final defeats was hard to swallow, especially watching last year’s defeat at the hands of St Joseph’s on the other side of the world.

“I was in Sweden with my other brother and we streamed it,” he said.

“I was jetlagged and woke up and it was on.

“I thought at half time the boys had it; I thought the young (St Mary’s) crew would run away with it.

“But to Joeys’ credit they fought back and got it done.”

GFL: PRACTICE MATCHES

Bath, who also played nine games at VFL level with Geelong before heading north, is unsure of the role he will play for second-year coaches Travis Robertson and Glenn Keast.

However, once fit, he hopes he can contribute to the Saints going one step further in 2019.

“You’d like to think so, but maybe age is catching up with me,” Bath said.

“But I come back with a bit more experience and I look at footy a bit differently.

“Hopefully I can give these young boys advice if I can.”

But first, it’s getting to know his new teammates, with only a handful remaining at the club from 2014.

“I was really nervous first night (of training) with all the young kids and being unfit,” he said. “It felt like it was my first day of school again.

“GFL keeps going up (in standard) every year and I’m a bit nervous I won’t be able to cope with it.

“Time will tell, I suppose.”

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