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Sutterby steps up

Two-time Geelong Amateur best-and-fairest Blake Sutterby has joined GFL club Newtown & Chilwell. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TWO-time Geelong Amateur best-and-fairest Blake Sutterby is among eight recruits unveiled by Newtown & Chilwell.

Sutterby, who played juniors with the Eagles, made 79 senior appearances for Ammos, including their 2015 and 2016 premierships.

“Blake is signed, sealed and delivered and training well. He comes off the back of a best-and-fairest at Ammos,” coach Damien McMahon said.

“He comes with premiership experience, and he’s a perfect age and demographic for us, and adds to our midfield stocks.”

Also arriving at Elderslie Reserve is Queenscliff star Regan Grimwood, who posted a top 10 finish in last year’s Ash Medal.

“The plan is for him to travel at some stage in the year – that’s unconfirmed at this stage,” McMahon said.

“We’ll play that by ear and see what happens as the season progresses.”

GFL: INS & OUTS

Newtown & Chilwell has also attracted St Mary’s brothers Jack and Charlie Lang, signed Geelong VFL hopefuls Zane Keighran and Mitch Christensen from the Bendigo Pioneers, and added Brook Martyn (Benalla) and Doug Palmer (Woorinen).

Martyn was a member of Benalla’s 2015 Goulburn Valley league premierships, while Palmer has kicked 238 goals in 91 games with Central Murray league club Woorinen.

“We’ve grabbed a really good mix of recruits; mature-agers and keeping up our current view of getting high-end young talent,” McMahon said.

“We knew that we had some holes to fill with leadership and experience to help us be more consistent throughout the year, and that’s how we’ve attacked our recruiting campaign.

“We’re pretty excited that the players we’ve added will take us to another level.”

GFL: PRACTICE MATCHES

In a further boost, Timm House has nominated the Eagles has his interchange club for 2019.

House played with Newtown & Chilwell before being drafted by Geelong. He was delisted by the Cats at the end of the 2018 season and has signed with VFL club Werribee.

McMahon says star forward Sam Nichols is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a serious knee injury suffered in the Round 17 win over North Shore.

“He’s running flat out at the moment, with a view to joining into full training by about Round 1,” McMahon said.

“He’s on track for a mid-season return, which is quite exciting.”

Off the field, the Eagles have welcomed Nathan McLure from Bell Post Hill as reserves coach.

He replaces Mark Hounslow, who has taken a role with TAC Cup club Western Jets.

Newtown & Chilwell will play practice matches against Port Fairy, Uni Blues and St Albans before opening its 2019 campaign at West Oval against Geelong West on April 6.

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