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Schulz boost for Shore

GFL battler North Shore has received a massive boost with the signing of former Port Adelaide and Richmond forward Jay Schulz.

The Seagulls have confirmed to krockfootball.com.au the arrival of Schulz, who turns 34 today.

“Jay put out a tweet that he was having second thoughts on his retirement, was getting itchy feet, and looking to play some footy,” coach Mark McDowell.

“So we made contact with him, and (president) Dale Purcell and I went up to Melbourne and met with him and had a discussion about North Shore and how he could make a real impact on our club.

“Then Jay went through the process of deciding – he had plenty of interest in him from a number of clubs.

“We spoke with Jay over the next few days, and at the end of it he decided to jump on board with us, and we’re pretty excited about that.”

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Taken by the Tigers with pick No.12 in the 2002 National Draft, he played 71 games and kicked 58 goals in seven seasons the yellow and black.

At the Power, Schulz played 122 games and kicked 272 goals, winning their leading goalkicker award on four occasions.

He was delisted at the end of 2016 and played in the Victorian Amateur competition with St Kevin’s Old Boys in 2017.

Schulz’s signing is some rare good news for the Seagulls, who lost playing coach Sam Darley during the off-season and have some players wanting out of their contracts.

“We’ve gone through a pretty tough pre-season. Our playing resources are a bit low, but the boys have got plenty of heart and been cracking in,” McDowell said.

“So, for all of those guys, it’s going to be an absolute boost for them on the field, not only with how Jay will play but with his experience playing at the highest level.”

McDowell hopes Schulz isn’t the last addition at North Shore, with speculation Schulz’s former Power teammate Matt White may also join him.

“We’re still trying to recruit, and will continue to do that until right up until clearances close.

“I’ve said right from the start that North Shore is a club of opportunity.

“We’ve got plenty of points, and we’re putting it out there for anyone that’s not getting a crack at senior GFL football there’s a tremendous opportunity at North Shore to put your hand up and get a real opportunity to play.”

McDowell hopes the arrival of Schulz will sway contracted key forward Julian Dobosz into staying.

Dobosz has lodged a clearance to join Caulfield Grammarians in the VAFA, which has been denied by North Shore.

“It’s not everyday players get the chance to play alongside a player of Jay’s calibre and experience,” McDowell said.

“And we’re hopeful that might impact on some players who want to come and play for North Shore, or some of the boys who are not too sure what they’re going to do yet.”

Schulz’s first appearance is due to be the Saturday night clash against Geelong West on April 27.

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