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Former Falcon joins Seagulls

Mitch Langan in action for the Geelong Falcons in 2021. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG Falcons graduate Mitch Langan has become the latest talented youngster to join North Shore.

The 193cm Langan, who played three games with the Falcons after overcoming a broken wrist suffered in pre-season, provides a tall target up forward the Seagulls sorely lacked.

“A big area we wanted to fix up was our spine, and getting a key forward of Mitch’s quality, I think, is a huge pickup for the club,” North Shore co-coach Nick Dixon said.

“We’re super excited that he’s committed to come on board.

“He will be really exciting to watch come next year.”

Dixon says they’re planning for Langan, who only turned 19 in August, to hold down centre half-forward.

“His workrate is pretty elite for someone his size, and he gets up and down the ground really well,” Dixon said.

“His contested marking is really a standout in his game.

“There were a few games he played at the Falcons where he really stood out with his aerial contests, and I think that’s where he’ll shine for us.”

Langan, who was aligned to St Joseph’s this year, is also set to join VFL club Williamstown, joining this year’s North Shore best-and-fairest Noah Lever in getting an opportunity with the Seagulls.

“We certainly want to push our boys up to VFL level if they’re ready,” Dixon said.

“For key forwards, it can be a bit tricky in terms of getting opportunities early.

“But, I hope he plays every game at Williamstown. If he doesn’t, he comes back to us, which is a huge plus.”

Dixon has also confirmed the re-signing of Tasmanian-based Phil Bellchambers.

However, midfielder Liam McKenna, who played six games when not required by VFL club Port Melbourne this year, remains undecided on his football future.

“He might go home to Perth,” Dixon said.

“He’s taking some time off – it was a long year for him this year, and he’s going to assess his options closer to November.”

North Shore has been the most active of any GFL team this off-season, already adding Tom Schwennesen (North Geelong) and Jack Leonard (Queenscliff), and welcoming back to Windsor Park Brad Gerrard, Josh Widdison and Herschelle Carr.

And Dixon says there could be more to come.

“We’ve got a few boys that are training with us at the moment that haven’t officially signed yet,” he said.

“But, I’m pretty confident over the next week or so we’ll get them over the line.

“Our team’s starting to really come together, and there’s a bit of a buzz around the club.

“We’re starting to round out our squad really nicely.”

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