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Jord’s back in yellow and black

Jordan Erskine in action for Grovedale in 2017. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

GROVEDALE coach Daniel Fraser won’t be rushing Jordan Erskine into the senior lineup despite the prolific goalkicker’s return to Burdoo Reserve coming off the club’s 0-2 start.

After three seasons with BFL club Anglesea, where he kicked 231 games in 53 games, the 33-year-old has returned to where his football journey in Geelong began in 2013.

“He’s been training for a couple of weeks,” Fraser said. “Nothing’s been committed to – Jordan’s aware of that.

“We’re going to see how he rolls over the next couple of weeks, (and) see how the team’s travelling.

“We’ll see how he’s feeling, (and) how he’s slotted back in, and when he’s ready, we’ll put him on the park.”

After arriving from SANFL club Port Adelaide ahead of the 2013 season, Erskine immediately impacted the competition.

He kicked 73 goals in 20 games to help Grovedale to its lone grand final appearance at GFL level.

In his first stint with the Tigers, Erskine booted 351 majors from 91 games, including winning the Suto Medal as league-leading goalkicker in 2016.

“He gives us a wiser head up forward; he’s a stronger, big body,” Fraser said. He will take some pressure off Cam Delaney up forward.

“And he’ll give our midfielders something to kick the ball at and give them a bit of confidence when they’ve got the ball in their hands.

“We just want Jordan to come in and be the best that he can be, and we’re understanding of where he sits with footy.

“We certainly think he can add something to our footy club.”

Fraser said confirmation of Erskine’s return had been well received by the players.

“When we officially announced it on Thursday night that he was back, there was a really big cheer from the whole group, and they were very excited,” Fraser said.

“It’s created a little bit of excitement around the footy club, and people who’ve seen him play realise what he’s capable of.

“We’ve got a new playing group now, and I’m sure they’ll like what they see over the next few weeks whenever he’s right to return.”

Fraser hasn’t ruled out Erskine playing in the reserve grade clash with Lara at Bisinella Oval on Sunday in what would be his first appearance in a curtain-raiser since arriving in Geelong.

“There’s a possibility, but nothing’s confirmed,” Fraser said.

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