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I’ll be back: Davenport

Jason Davenport in action for North Shore in 2018. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JASON Davenport says the chance to play 100 games for North Shore will see him return to the club before he calls time on his playing days.

The former Seagulls coach, who has notched up 71 games in five seasons in the blue and gold, has joined Eastern league club Templestowe for the 2019 season.

Davenport says circumstances meant playing with North Shore this year wasn’t going to be easy.

“Work’s in Melbourne, and life’s presenting us with an opportunity to do some renovations at home, which, for this season at least, means we’ll be living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne,” he said.

“Being based in Melbourne for work, it made a lot more sense to have a freshen up and change of scenery for the short-term.”

The 33-year-old admits lodging his clearance after a tough summer at Windsor Park, which saw coach Sam Darley step down after just one year in charge before returning to Tasmania and several key players lodge clearances, wasn’t easy.

“Very difficult,” he said. “I’m very genuine in regards to North Shore being my football home.

“Regardless of the off-season, that decision was always going to be difficult.

“I ummed and aahed for a while, then once we signed off on a few things, and it was all go-ahead with regards to the house and work continuing in Melbourne, (I decided to join Templestowe).”

Davenport, who played in Geelong’s VFL premiership in 2007 and made 28 AFL appearances for Port Adelaide, hopes to play 8-10 games for Templestowe, which plays in the third-tier of the Eastern league.

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