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More signings for Supersaints

Richmond VFL player Blake Grewar will have St Albans as his interchange club in 2018. (Richmond Football Club Image/Cameron Grimes)

THE importance of connections in the football community has come to the fore for St Albans with its latest recruiting announcements.

The Supersaints will have access to former Brisbane rookie Blake Grewar when he is not required by Richmond VFL during 2018.

Grewar played alongside fellow St Albans recruit Tyler Jones and second-year Supersaint Matt Sondergeld at NEAFL club Redland.

He spent two years on the Lions’ list, finishing fifth in last year’s NEAFL MVP award.

“We’ve been on to Blake since we knew he was moving in last November,” co-coach Jarrod Best said.

“He came and met the boys at our Christmas party, and he’s had a few clubs wanting him to align to them.

“He’s chosen St Albans as that alignment in a real vote of confidence for where we’re heading.

“We’re rapt to have such a quality person and a quality player align with us, even if it’s only for 4-6 games, our younger boys can learn off him on game days.”

The Supersaints have also added Baden Selman from Goulburn Valley league club Shepparton Swans, where he played with both Jarrod and Hayden Best.

“I’ve known Baden for 15 years and he moved to Geelong in February, so he pretty much fell into our lap,” Jarrod Best said.

“We’re rapt to have him on board. He’s a big body, he’s a mature footballer and he’s going to suit certain roles that we want within our team.”

Tristan Battaglia has again been appointed captain of the Supersaints, with Sondergeld as his deputy.

Best says Sondergeld, who underwent a shoulder reconstruction during the off-season, will be right for the season opener against South Barwon on April 7.

“Matt won’t play this week (against East Keilor), he’ll possibly play some football against Cobden (on March 24), but he’s a definite lock for Round 1,” Best said.

“We’re happy to play him Round 1 without playing a game and go in fresh.

“He’s got the run in the legs, so it’s just about getting body contact over the next 2-3 weeks, even if it’s just at training.”

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