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Max Augerinos has re-signed with VFL club Werribee.
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FORMER Geelong Falcons star Max Augerinos has been confirmed as Werribee’s second signing as the Tigers prepare to go it alone in the VFL in 2018.

Having been in alignments since AFL reserves teams joined the competition in 2000, the Tigers are looking to put together a list that can be competitive.

“It’s very exciting. I think the club is heading in a good direction,” Augerinos said.

“It’s really impressed me in the 12 months I’ve been here. I don’t see any reason to leave.”

Granted an extra year at the Falcons as a 19-year-old in 2016 after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the 2014 finals series, the St Mary’s product made his Werribee debut in Round 1 this year.

However, he suffered another serious knee injury against Footscray in Round 10, and is working to be back as early as possible in 2018.

“It was pretty frustrating because I’ve done it before and know the effort you have to put in to get back,” Augerinos said.

“But the club has rallied around me and just made it a lot easier for me.

“It’s just a great environment to not only get my knee right but to also get my headspace right and get motivated to try to get back for round one next year.”

Tigers coach John Lamont is confident Augerinos can have an impact when he gets his chance.

“I’m hoping Max can have a great summer, make his return to play with St Mary’s, and get back into the senior group as soon as he possibly can,” said Lamont.

“With the way he started the season, he was a definite success story. He found his own ball, made good decisions, and applied good pressure.

“He now gets the chance in the gym to whack in with the upper body stuff, so there’s a real positive element out of what was a very disappointing day for us, Max, and his family.”

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