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Sherman a Saint again

Zak Sherman in action for St Mary’s. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

A DESIRE to play with mates again has led Zak Sherman back to reigning GFL premier St Mary’s.

Sherman, who missed out on the Saints’ thrilling grand final win over Colac last year after failing to reclaim his spot in the senior team following a late-season injury, was set to line-up with BFL powerhouse Geelong Amateur in 2020.

However, with COVID-19 forcing the eventual cancellation of the local season, he never got the chance to pull on an Ammos jumper.

“Everything that’s happened with coronavirus, I feel refreshed and rejuvenated in the mind to get back to enjoying footy again,” he said.

“I thought it was a good chance to play with my mates at St Mary’s… it’s where I’ve played all my footy.

“I’ve got a lot of mates there, I’ve got a lot of family there, and a lot of family friends.

“I wanted to get back and be amongst St Mary’s again after missing it over the pre-season a little bit.”

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The former Geelong Falcon, who also managed four VFL games with the Cats, returns to Anthony Costa Oval in arguably the best shape of his career.

Sherman completed a marathon around Geelong earlier this month alongside former Saints teammates Patrick Cleary and Jonny Fazio.

“It was good to have something to aim to while we didn’t have much else to do in the lockdown,” he said.

“It’s something I didn’t expect I would be able to do, but I managed to get it done.

“It was around the (Barwon) River, and we ran out to Ghazepore Road on that Waurn Ponds valley track, through Belmont Common.

“One of our mates helped us out with water and gels.”

Still only 26, and with 104 games of GFL senior experience, Sherman is confident his best football is in front of him.

“People at AFL level are seen to be getting better with age,” he said.

“Look at Travis Boak, so there’s no reason at GFL level people can’t do the same thing.

“I’m looking forward to getting into pre-season hopefully setting up for a good 2021.”

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