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Hovey returns home

Josh Hovey has returned to St Joseph’s. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ST JOSEPH’S quest to win consecutive premierships for the first time has been boosted by the return of Josh Hovey from Torquay.

The young big man, who was part of Joeys’ drought-breaking success in 2015, spent 2017 with Torquay, helping the Tigers to their first BFL flag in 11 years despite playing with a 10cm tear in his right quad in the grand final against Geelong Amateur.

“He went and tested the water last year down at Torquay and had a good season,” St Joseph’s coach Heath Jamieson said.

“He felt like he needed that little bit of a freshen up.

“We’re looking forward to having him around the place again.”

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Hovey, who played 51 GFL senior games before departing for Torquay, will slot straight into the ruck for St Joseph’s

Joeys were forced into using captain Ben Capra as an undersized ruckman against the likes of St Mary’s duo Andrew Banjanin and Brenton Snowdon and Colac pair Lochie Veale and Zach Zdybel during the finals.

“You always want to fill the positions you do have deficiencies in, and that’s what recruiting’s all about, I suppose,” Jamieson said.

“There’s no use just going out and getting every player that’s available. You want to fill the gaps you have got.

“Josh is a ruckman, we see him as a ruckman, he’ll come back and play in the ruck for us and have a real impact.

“The best thing about Josh is his ability to get around the ground, he’s courageous, he lays a lot of pressure around the footy, and the No.1 thing, he knows what we’re about.

“It’s not like we have to strip it right back for him. He can come in and have an impact straight away.”

The return of Hovey all but wraps up St Joseph’s recruiting, having already added Lucas Anderson (Lake Wendouree), Martin Dufty (Albion) and Geelong VFL hopeful Curtis McCarthy (Glenelg).

Joeys will also have star defender Alex Hickey on a full-time basis after work commitments resulted in him calling time on his stint with the Cats.

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MEANWHILE, Leopold has farewelled another 2016 premiership star, with Matt Pitt likely to play in the Hampden league this year due to work commitments.

The 2017 captain joins retirees Greg Hardy and Jeremy Larcombe, Ben Carmichael (Queenscliff), Alex Moloney (Terang) and Simon Close (Harrow-Balmoral) among the departures from Memorial Park.

 

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