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Bourke back in the Den

Former Geelong rookie Nick Bourke has returned to Leopold. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

NICK Bourke has become the latest high-quality addition at Leopold with the 2016 premiership player returning to Memorial Park after a season away.

The former Geelong rookie spent 2019 with junior club Kolora-Noorat playing alongside several family members and helped the Power to the Warrnambool and District Football League premiership with a best-on-ground performance in the grand final.

“Getting Nick back was one of our priorities,” Lions football boss Matt Aston.

“He’s a great person as well as a great player, and we think he will really complement what we have added to the group so far.

“I know he battled with leaving Noorat and the family pull, but we are very glad to have him back on board.”

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Bourke, 24, played 75 matches across his first four seasons at Leopold, which means he returns as a one-pointer.

He joins Tom Feely from SANFL club Glenelg and Harris Jennings from Portland in the Hampden Football League as quality additions for this year’s beaten elimination finalist.

“Nick’s experience means he can help guide the younger players we have coming through the club,” Aston said.

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