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Ruggles eyes return to Drysdale

Leopold star Tom Ruggles in action in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TOM Ruggles says his return to Drysdale “might be sooner rather than later”.

The Leopold star and former Geelong defender has confirmed he will finish his career at the club where he won a premiership as a teenager.

“I’ve always said I’ll end up back at Drysdale and I’ll finish (my career) a Drysdale player,” Ruggles told the Hawks Nest Podcast.

“I’ve just turned 28, so I’m obviously getting a bit older, so the time might be sooner rather than later, I guess.

“It’s something I might think about at the end of this year if we get a season underway.

“If we don’t, I’ve got a fair bit to weigh up.”

Ruggles’ last appearance with Drysdale was a one-off match in 2010 while on the Geelong Falcons list.

He then spent three years with VFL club Werribee before returning to play locally with Leopold and helping the Lions to their first GFL grand final in 2014.

Ruggles’ performances that year earned him a spot on the Geelong VFL list for 2015, where he proceeded to win the Cats’ best-and-fairest.

That was enough for Geelong to select him in the rookie draft later that year.

Ruggles went on to play 22 games, including the Cats’ famous qualifying final win over Hawthorn in 2016, over two years at GMHBA Stadium.

He returned to Leopold ahead of the 2018 season, earning Team of the Year selection as the Lions claimed the GFL minor premiership.

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