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New arrivals for Seagulls

Noah Lever in action for Geelong College. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NORTH Shore co-coaches Nick Dixon and Darren Winter are delivering on their promise to use their connections to strengthen the club’s list.

The Seagulls have confirmed the arrival at Windsor Park of former Carlton listed player Finbar O’Dwyer, ex-Geelong College 1st XVIII captain and Geelong Falcon Noah Lever, and Lauderdale best-and-fairest Phil Bellchambers.

O’Dwyer, who has signed with VFL club Northern Bullants, was recommended to North Shore by former coach Jason Davenport, who got to know the 20-year-old during his stint at the Blues.

“They struck a close friendship there and he was keen to get on board from the start,” Dixon said.

“To be honest, we expect him to be playing a majority of his footy there (at Northern) with the quality of player he is.

“Coming straight off an AFL list, and having played against him a few times in the VFL, he is certainly at VFL level, if not higher.

“Any games we get out of him will be a bonus.”

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Dixon is excited to welcome Lever, who turned 19 in January, after coaching him at College.

“As a junior, he was a really high-quality player,” Dixon said. “Going forward, he’ll be one over the next few years a lot of people will take notice of.

“I think he’s going to be an elite player, not only in the GFL but wherever his footy takes him.”

Bellchambers is Winter’s son-in-law and has 150 games of Tasmanian State League experience to his name with Lauderdale, where Winter was a long-serving coach.

He’ll be a fly-in player for North Shore, joining Winter in making the weekly trip from the Apple Isle.

“Phil’s really respected in the Tassie State League,” Dixon said. “He won a best-and-fairest at Lauderdale and was part of their three grand finals sides in-a-row.

“He’s known as the ‘Rock’, which is a reflection of how he plays because he’s a really tough inside mid.

“I think in GFL footy, his brand of footy is really going to stack up.”

Dixon says there is a positive vibe at Windsor Park as the Seagulls look to emerge from the club’s least successful era.

“Adding to the group is really exciting, and it gets people inside and outside of the club excited,” he said.

“But, I think a lot of the positivity stems from the guys that have been there for a few years.

“The standards we’ve had at training, and we’ve had really good numbers at training, which has been encouraging.

“We’ve really had an emphasis on driving those standards from day one, and the players have been unbelievable.

“They’ve created their own buzz and excitement around the group, and me and ‘Windy’ (Winter) have just tried to implement a few things to help them along the way.

“I think now we are at a level where we can be really competitive.”

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