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South buzzing at Parsons signing

James Parsons in action for Geelong. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

FORMER Geelong midfielder James Parsons will align with GFL club South Barwon as he continues his football journey in the new East Coast state league.

Parsons, who played 35 games in four seasons with the Cats, has signed with Carlton, where he will play under Geelong Falcons Boys premiership coach Daniel O’Keefe.

Swans coach Dave Farrell said the addition of Parsons had created a buzz at McDonald Reserve.

“We announced Parso’s signing to the playing group last night, and I have already been followed up by a few of our developing mids that have seen him play and are excited about what they could learn from training with him,” Farrell said.

“To be honest, the coaching group is the same as I’m sure we can (learn), too.”

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Farrell says he’s been impressed by Parsons during his chats with the Eastern Ranges product.

“He’s adjusted really quickly and set himself up well outside of footy with work, while maintaining a really high training standard over the break, and is really focused on making the most of the opportunities that are still in front of him,” Farrell said.

“Carlton’s programme will see him train with us once a week, so the main focus of our discussions was around the structure of our programme and making sure it complemented theirs.

“We‘ve worked hard to set up an environment and recruit in the best available staff to make sure that we are providing all of our players the best opportunity to improve and perform well.”

Parsons joins Wylie Buzza (St Mary’s/Werribee) and Scott Selwood (St Mary’s/Collingwood) as recent ex-Cats to align themselves to a GFL club while playing VFL.

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