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Gow now a Joey

James Gow in action for Geelong VFL. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GFL preliminary finalist St Joseph’s has boosted its midfield with the signing of Geelong VFL midfielder James Gow.

The 22-year-old, who has played 21 matches across three seasons with the Cats, was aligned to rival GFL club Bell Park in 2018.

However, Gow, who lives in Geelong, travelled home to play with Hampden league club Koroit this year, helping the Saints to their sixth consecutive premiership.

“We already have a bit of a connection there – he lives with (Joeys duo) Luke Webb and Cal Mitchell, and one of his best mates is Levi Nagorcka from Koroit who we got on board last year,” coach Paul Carson said.

“We had a pretty tight relationship with ‘Gowy’ throughout this year, and he came to a few of our functions.

“So we planted the seed months ago on this one and, thankfully, it’s all paid off now.”

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A midfielder, the 177cm Gow also can go forward and kick goals.

“He’s not overly tall, but he can hit the scoreboard,” Carson said.

“I’ve seen him play a few times and I think he’s going to have a real impact for us straight away.”

Carson isn’t expecting too many changes to Joeys’ list heading into his second year in charge.

However, he revealed Geelong VFL-listed high-flyer Curtis McCarthy is weighing up a return to South Australia.

“Nothing’s in concrete at this stage -it’s still only early October,” Carson said.

“We’ll suck it and see.”

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