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Keras boost for VFL Cats

Geelong has signed Jordan Keras to its VFL squad. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

GEELONG has made a key addition to its VFL squad with the signing of gun midfielder Jordan Keras to a two-year deal.

Keras, who won the NEAFL MVP award after a standout season with Gold Coast-based club Southport, has returned home after completing his physiotherapy degree and failing to find an AFL home during last month’s national and rookie drafts.

“I was always planning on coming home eventually,” Keras, who will marry star Cat Patrick Dangerfield’s sister Bethany in the New Year, told krockfootball.com.au.

“I have my fiancee back here and my family.

“Geelong have looked after me in a number of ways and I’m hoping to try and find a job somewhere around the traps here.

“To be honest, I couldn’t think of a better place to be at.”

Keras, who has some VFL experience already after stints with Werribee and Footscray, spent two seasons in the NEAFL after playing a key role in St Joseph’s drought-breaking 2015 GFL premiership.

His 2017 form with Southport had Keras storm into draft calculations, but his name went uncalled.

“When there is hope there’s always that bit of disappointment after the night ends,” he said.

“You don’t really know how you’re going to feel.

“I suppose with me being a little bit older now, I was just pretty happy to move on and focus on the next chapter, which is with the Geelong footy club.

Jordan Keras celebrates a goal in St Joseph’s 2015 grand final win. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Arj Giese)

However, despite turning 24 tomorrow, Keras hasn’t given up on his AFL dream, taking hope from the likes of Box Hill star David Mirra (Hawthorn) and Brody Mihocek (Collingwood).

“I don’t think you can ever really give up hope,” he said. “I have had managers call up and tell me things I need to work on.

“It’s always good to hear the reasons why you didn’t picked up. I’m hoping to work on those things this year.

“You see mature-agers get picked up still these days, and I suppose if a club thinks you’re good enough you’ll be good enough.

“I’ll never stop holding out hope until I stop playing footy.”

As for the area Keras needs to work on, kicking, especially at pace, will be a focus.

“I think most clubs want to see me do it for another year in another state league,” he said. “The VFL’s renowned as one of the best state leagues there is.

“If I can back it up this year, hopefully it will hold me in good stead.”

Keras joins former North Ballarat star Luke Kiel among the new additions to Geelong’s squad, with the Cats expected to announce a number of other signings tomorrow.

MEANWHILE, the VFL fixture for 2018 is expected to be released next week.

As krockfootball.com.au has previously reported, Geelong will play eight games at Simonds Stadium and are keen for a number of AFL curtain raisers.

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