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Joeys big man in shock move

Henry Walsh in action for St Joseph’s against Colac in 2021. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

IN one of the biggest GFL transfer shocks of recent years, St Joseph’s best-and-fairest Henry Walsh has joined GFL rivals Colac.

The Tigers have confirmed to krockfootball.com.au they have signed the AFL draft prospect after contacting the club last month about a potential move for the 2022 season.

“He’s living down our neck of the woods and working on a farm, and he’s got some relatives that play at Colac as well,” coach Rowan McSparron said.

“One thing led to another, and he’s decided to have a run with us next year, which is fantastic.

“Henry’s had a chat to us and had a chat to Joeys, out of respect, because it was obviously a tough decision for him to make.

“He hasn’t made it lightly, so it has been a little process. But, he’s gone through it all with his mum and dad, and he thought we’d be a good fit down the highway.”

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The addition of the 202cm Walsh, who made a VFL appearance with Gold Coast during the year after going undrafted at the end of 2020, comes as Lochie Veale approaches what could be the final season of his impressive career.

“He’s coming off the back of a best-and-fairest year, and we can see the ability that he has as a young man,” McSparron.

“It usually takes talls a little bit longer to develop, but he’s definitely turning himself into one of the premier rucks in the competition, that’s for sure.”

St Joseph’s coach Paul Carson declined to comment on Walsh’s move when contacted by krockfootball.com.au.

However, it is understood Joeys officials are disappointed with his decision.

Walsh’s departure follows that of best-and-fairest runner-up Cam Tudor and Mathieson Medal runner-up Jordan Keras.

However, they will have full-time access to Cal Mitchell and James Gow after both stepped away from Geelong’s VFL program.

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