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Black keen for BFL rivalries

Modewarre recruit Aaron Black in action for Geelong’s VFL team. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

AARON Black says the “town vs. town” nature of the BFL was a key driver behind his decision to continue his football career at Modewarre.

As krockfootball.com.au revealed on Wednesday night, the former North Melbourne and Geelong utility has signed with the Warriors for 2022 in a massive boost to their premiership chances.

“I’m a country boy from WA, so it will be good to get back to playing some local footy,” Black said.

“What drew me to the BFL was the town vs. town side of it.

Everyone has pride in playing for the club, but it’s a town that you’re playing for.”

Black played 50 games and kicked 84 goals with North Melbourne after being drafted in 2009.

The 31-year-old joined Geelong ahead of the 2017 season in made seven AFL appearances before a serious knee injury suffered mid-2018 brought his career in the top-flight to an end.

He spent the last three years as captain of the Cats’ VFL team, with Modewarre his interchange club in 2021.

Black is also part of Geelong’s AFLW coaching staff alongside Warriors great Josh Finch, which also helped convinced him to make Community Bank Oval his home.

“I’ve heard good things through him and Mark Worthington from the Geelong footy club about Modda and how they’ve got a good reputation and good people,” he said.

“When I met with them last year, I was pretty impressed with the people I met with and the club that they are.

“It was pretty straightforward; I always wanted to play with them when I finished at the VFL, so it was a pretty easy decision.”

Black tasted plenty of team success as a junior; however, a premiership has so far eluded him at senior level.

It’s a situation he’s keen to rectify during his time at Modewarre.

“It’d be pretty special to win a flag,” Black said. “Modda have a strong club and a well-balanced list.

“Everyone wants to win a flag. Since moving to Victoria when I was 19, I reckon I’ve only played in six or seven finals and probably only won two of them – and they were elimination finals.

The addition of Black provides coach Chris Hickey with someone who can play a key position at either end of the ground.

However, Black is happy to slot in wherever he’s needed.

“I’ve played either end, and I’m happy to play either end,” he said. “We’ll go through that in more detail in the next month or so before we start pre-season.

“We’ll try and settle me in somewhere. But, at the same time, if I start down back, I have the flexibility to go forward or vice versa.”

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