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The Five: GFL Recruits

Lucas Anderson (St Joseph’s)

Played TAC Cup with Bendigo and VFL with North Ballarat before representing Vic Country during his stint at Ballarat league club Lake Wendouree. Coming off a serious knee injury suffered in 2016, Anderson kicked 57 goals in 18 games as the Lakers finished last year as beaten preliminary finalists. His combination with fellow former VFL player Lech Featherstone looms as the best one-two key forward punch in the GFL.


Jonathan Simpkin (Colac)

More than a decade after being rookie drafted by Sydney, Simpkin will make a permanent return to Colac and add some class and experience to the young Tigers midfield. The addition of the 30-year-old – who managed 41 AFL games across stints at Geelong, Hawthorn and Essendon – and brother Tom could be the difference as Colac looks to go at least one step further than last year’s preliminary final appearance.


Mathew Stokes (Lara)

The two-time Geelong premiership player had at least three local clubs chasing his services, with Lara winning the battle for the 33-year-old’s services. The question is where will new Cats coach Tony Armstrong use Stokes? He could comfortably slot into the midfield, but his ability overhead means he would provide a headache for opposition defences if he spends time forward.


Sam Darley (North Shore)

All eyes will be on whether Darley is a like replacement for Jason Davenport – both as a coach and a player. Spent the last two years trying to reignite his AFL career at Richmond where he was captain of the VFL team. Darley played 20 games across four seasons with GWS Giants and the Western Bulldogs and at 25 will be one of the youngest coaches in GFL history.


Billie Smedts (Leopold)

After an AFL career that never really got going for a variety of reasons, the former Cat and Blue chose Leopold to continue his football journey. Like Stokes, has the ability to play in numerous positions. However, with Tom Ruggles set to slot in across half back following his delisting by Geelong, new Lions coach Guy Morphet may look to use Smedts as a midfielder or even across half forward.




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