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Returning Keast among Lions signings

Defender Darcy Keast has returned to Leopold. (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

PREMIERSHIP defender Darcy Keast has returned to Leopold following a two-year absence.

Keast, who returned to Hampden league club North Warrnambool ahead of the 2019 season, has been revealed as one of five signings by the regular GFL finalists.

They’ve also added Geelong VFL signings Liam Herbert (South Warrnambool) and Mitch Burgess (Warrnambool) and Connor Giddings from Portland and Ben Williams from North Warrnambool.

Keast, who first played Leopold with 2015, has 62 GFL senior games to his name.

“Rarely beaten one-on-one in defence, and his ability to hurt sides with his ball use and endurance running makes him a huge acquisition for our side,” the Lions said in a statement on their Facebook page.

“We are extremely excited to see Darcy back in the green and gold, and no doubt he will be a fantastic asset both on and off the field.”

Herbert was part of the 2019 Vic Country squad only a year after representing Australia in basketball at under-16 level at the Asian Cup.

“Liam’s strengths on the field include elite endurance and spatial awareness from his basketball background,” the Lions said.

“The South Warrnambool product is an apprentice ‘chippy’ (builder) by trade and a very level headed fella which has the Lions’ coaching group very excited about his addition to the group.”

Like Herbert, Burgess and Giddings have NAB League experience with the GWV Rebels.

“Mitch is a solid height of 186cm and plays predominantly across the half-back line where he is renowned for his strong defensive skills and explosive run-and-carry out of defence,” the Lions said.

“Conor can play at either end of the ground and has a great attitude towards his development as a player, which will ensure his improvement in the ultra-competitive GFL.

Williams is a former teammate of Keast’s.

“Ben is a lively small forward who has great goal sense and plenty of pace to burn,” the Lions said.

The signings continue Leopold’s strong connection with the Hampden region, with Harris Jennings and James Cleaver already calling Memorial Park home.

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