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VFL star aligns with Lions

Williamstown’s Ollie Tate will have Leopold as his interchange club in 2019. (Williamstown FC Image/Martin Keep)

WILLIAMSTOWN star Ollie Tate has nominated Leopold as his interchange club for 2019.

Originally from Ballarat, Tate played 26 games with WAFL club Claremont and 84 games with North Ballarat before the Roosters were booted out of the VFL.

He joined the Seagulls last year and managed ten matches in an injury-interrupted season.

Tate is no stranger to the Lions, having played with captain Sam Hughes and Sam Scott at North Ballarat

“There’s been a couple of good referrals and connections with our club,” coach Guy Morphet.

“We’re really happy to have him on board.”

GFL: INS & OUTS

However, Morphet isn’t banking on seeing too much of the 27-year-old this year.

“I think early in the season we may not see him too much, and then it depends on his form at VFL level as to how it plays out,” Morphet said.

“To be honest, we’re looking at him as more of a long-term investment.

“We support him to be playing the best level of footy that he can for as long as he can.

“If the day arrives that that’s not happening, then hopefully our investment will pay off and we’ll have him at Leopold on a regular basis.”

Leopold is also bullish about the addition of Nate McLaren from Loddon Valley league club Maiden Gully.

“He trained with us last year. He’s a really nice young kid with really good values,” Morphet said.

“He wanted to challenge himself at GFL level. He goes to uni down here, so it’s convenient for that side of things, and he’s got some work down here.

“From watching what his done in a lot of our match simulation at training, he’s performing very well.

“He could be one of out the box for us.”

GFL: PRACTICE MATCHES

Leopold will take part in match simulation against BFL premier Modewarre next week ahead of practice matches meetings with South Warrnambool and Bacchus Marsh.

The Lions open their 2019 campaign with a trip to Colac on April 6.

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