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Buzza aligns with Saints

Former Geelong and Port Adelaide forward Wylie Buzza in action for the Cats’ VFL team in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST MARY’S coach Travis Robertson has labelled the signing of Wylie Buzza as a “long-term investment” after the former Geelong and Port Adelaide forward signed with reigning GFL premiers on Wednesday night.

Buzza, who had been training with arch-rivals St Joseph’s in recent weeks, will have the Saints as his interchange club in 2021 after committing to Werribee in the VFL.

Robertson expects the 24-year-old, who managed nine AFL games (all at Geelong), to be rarely sighted in a St Mary’s jumper.

“I would suspect something’s gone wrong in his football season next season if he were to play with St Mary’s unless an opportunity arises due to byes or something along those lines,” Robertson said.

“First and foremost, we’re there to support Wylie in his pursuit of playing a higher standard of footy as he possibly can.

“For us, it’s a long-term investment, and that investment comes with a bit of risk because he might end up on an AFL list, he might end up somewhere else.

“But he’s fairly settled in Geelong at the minute with his girlfriend living in Geelong as well.

“So, the best outcome for us is that he’s a long-term player and he’s on our club list for ten years; and we’re well aware that might only be one.”

Drafted by Geelong in 2015 from Brisbane-based club Mt Gravatt, he spent four years at GMHBA Stadium before joining the Power as a delisted free agent at the end of 2019.

Robertson revealed he first spoke to Buzza when he was returning to Geelong from Adelaide after being told in mid-September by the Power he wouldn’t be offered a contract for 2021.

“So, we’d been in constant contact, and he was one we were pretty keen to get on our list,” Robertson said.

“I know he’d training with Joey’s, but it’s not like we hadn’t been talking to him during that process.

“it’s great to watch him at training and talk to the young fellas who have just come out of the under-19s or been in the system for a couple of years.

“With the VFL program that way it is, too, it’s going to look very different to years gone by.

We suspect you’ll see more of your VFL-listed players throughout the year, so to have him involved in our program can only benefit our entire list.”

Meanwhile, Robertson expects former Cat Josh Cowan to honour his commitment to play a season at Daylesford in 2021.

Cowan, who played 16 games in eight injury-riddled seasons at Geelong, was set to play with his junior club in 2020.

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