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Boyd departs Lions

Leopold forward Lucas Boyd has suffered a broken hand. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NEW Leopold coach Garry Hocking will have a hole to fill in his forward line in 2022 following the departure of Lucas Boyd.

A member of the 2019 GFL Team of the Year, Boyd will join former Lions teammate Nick Bourke at Warrnambool and District League club Kolora-Noorat in 2022.

A talented junior, playing 16 matches with the Geelong Falcons, Boyd spent a decade in the GFL after arriving at Geelong West-St Peter’s fresh off a premiership with Hampden League club Warrnambool.

He played 45 games and kicked 75 goals with the Roosters before crossing to Leopold ahead of the 2015 season.

At Memorial Park, Boyd made 75 senior appearances and kicked 152 goals.

However, injury sidelined him from playing a part in helping claim the Lions’ maiden GFL premiership in 2016.

“Boydy joined the Lions in season 2015 and has been a huge presence both on and off the field,” the Lions said in a statement on social media.
“He has shown tremendous dedication and loyalty to the green and gold, and when he got going, he was incredibly hard to stop with his ability to take strong contested marks and kick bags of goals.
“Boydy was a great supporter of the club; in fact, over his seven years, there wouldn’t have been too many club functions that he missed.”

Boyd featured in just three senior matches in 2021 after suffering a broken hand early in the season.

He joins Drysdale-bound Tom Ruggles as confirmed departures from Leopold.

MEANWHILE, North Shore has continued its active off-season with the announcement of three more additions.

Josh Widdison will return from GDFL club North Geelong, while youngsters Tyson Neal and Sam Hazelman arrive at Windsor Park, having previously played at St Joseph’s.

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