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Modda lands Black full time

Aaron Black has signed with Modewarre for 2022. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MODEWARRE has received a handy boost as it looks to challenge for a second BFL premiership in 2022 following the signing of former Geelong and North Melbourne forward Aaron Black.

Black, who captained the Cats’ VFL team after being delisted at the end of 2018, was aligned to the Warriors this year.

However, he didn’t get a chance to play a game in maroon and blue, who were due to meet Torquay in a second semi-final before the season was halted for the last time in mid-August.

The 31-year-old will also have a coaching role at Community Bank Oval.

“We are extremely excited to have someone of Aaron’s quality joining our club,” Modewarre football boss Michael Fitzgerald said in a statement.

“He will bring so much to the coaching and playing groups.

“Blackie has leadership in spades, and we can’t wait for him to play a big part in helping us remain a strong club in the BFL.”

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Drafted by North Melbourne from West Australian club Peel Thunder in 2009, Black played 50 games and kicked 84 goals with the Kangaroos.

He kicked 33 goals from 18 games in 2013 and 26 in 25 as North made an audacious run to a preliminary final the following season.

Black was traded to Geelong at the end of 2016 and managed seven matches before a serious knee injury in Round 12, 2018, ironically against the Roos, ended his AFL career.

As well as captaining the Cats’ VFL team, he has been part of Geelong’s AFLW coaching staff alongside Modewarre great Josh Finch, which helped the Warriors lure him to the club.

If Black plays in the backline, he will form a solid partnership with key defenders Morgan Fenton and Darby Schilder.

If coach Chris Hickey decides to use him forward, Modewarre will own one of the BFL’s most potent forward lines, with Tom Hornsey, Brett Blair and Tom Worpel kicking a combined 88 goals between them this year.

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