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Sheahan commits, Jones signs

Jai Sheahan has committed to Newtown & Chilwell for 2018. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

NEWTOWN & Chilwell’s received some handy boosts in its bid to challenge for a top-five berth.

Swingman Jai Sheahan has committed to the club after considering a move away from Elderslie Reserve, Jordan Jones has again confirmed the Eagles will be his interchange club, and they have signed current Geelong defender Timm House’s brother Fraser.

A former Melbourne rookie, Sheahan played just half of the 2017 season, switching between roles down back and up forward, before heading overseas.

However, coach Damien McMahon is keen to play the 25-year-old permanently in attack, especially with the arrival of House and Luke Maddock to stiffen their defence.

“Jai probably played as many games down back as he did forward last year,” McMahon said.

“We’d like to see him go back and play as a forward, which we think we can do this year now that we’ve added a few more key defenders.”

Jones, an Ocean Grove junior who played two games with West Coast, has joined Williamstown in the VFL after two years at Werribee.

“He was toing and froing a little bit with what he wanted to do regarding playing VFL or not,” McMahon said.

“His work commitments made it hard for him to meet the training commitments that Werribee required.

“He looked at playing just VFL, then Williamstown contacted him. So he’s training at Williamstown at the moment, with a view to play there and Newtown will become his alignment club.”

When available, Jones will provide the Eagles midfield with some much-needed size.

“We’re really young. We did a joint training session with the Cats (VFL) last week, and when we saw the 24 of them out there together it really showed how young we are, although we took a young group there,” McMahon said.

“He is a big body, he’s a big and strong player that can throw his weight around a little bit … we can do with a bit more of that.

“He’s also a leader as well who can help with some on-field coaching and guidance.”

House, who is studying at Marcus Oldham College, won WAFL club Claremont’s Colts (under-18) best-and-fairest last year.

“Fraser’s here and signed with us, as well as training with the Cats,” McMahon said.

“He’s hopeful of making the development squad at the Cats, but he knows he got here late.

“We’ll just see what happens there.

The Eagles were linked last month to Geelong premiership big man Mark Blake and McMahon hasn’t given up hope of the 32-year-old wearing red and black in 2018.

“But, it looks more unlikely at this stage,” McMahon said. “We’ll keep chipping away at it and see what happens.

“I’m certainly not ruling it out. It’s not like he’s gone and signed anywhere else, and I don’t think he has any intentions to.

“We’ll chipping away and if we can make something work before the season gets too close, we’d certainly take him with open arms.”

MEANWHILE former Geelong West (GDFL) coach Mark Hounslow has joined the Eagles as reserves coach.

Hounslow, who has also held assistant roles at Geelong West (GFL) and Grovedale, will also look after the forward line at 2 0’clock.

Kaine Marsh and Adam Wilkinson remain as part of McMahon’s staff, with Matt Bruhn taking on the under-19s.

Local greats Andrew Gribble (under-17) and Vin Lazzaro (under-15) round out the key apppoinments.

Twitter: @tom_king79

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