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Bews boost for Magpies

North Geelong recruit Jackson Bews in action for Anglesea. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

FOR the first time in more than 40 years, the surname Bews will appear on a North Geelong teamsheet in 2022.

The Magpies have signed Jackson Bews, the son of Magpies product and former Cats captain Andrew, from Anglesea in a positive start to recruiting for newly-appointed coach Mark Hounslow.

Bews, who shared the 2018 Ash Medal with Barwon Heads veteran Mat Dyer, arrives at Keith Barclay Oval following six years at the Roos, where he played 111 consecutive games after being recruited from Leopold.

Hounslow says the addition of the 30-year-old is a massive boost for North.

“Something we sought out, being such a young group, was to get someone with leadership on and off the field,” Hounslow said.

“And someone with that professional nature, having been at GFL level and successful at Anglesea.

“It’s just a great acquisition to the side.”

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Hounslow revealed Andrew Bews, who was part of North’s search for a new coach, played a role in getting Jackson to the Magpies.

“The travel to Anglesea was pretty hard on him with a young family,” he said.

“And there’s the romantic side to it keeping the name going at North Geelong.

“We’re just rapt to get him on board, and we’re seeing if Andrew can play a part around the club as well.”

Bews spent most of his time at Anglesea as a midfielder but was used to great effect as a mobile ruckman by the Roos.

Hounslow says his ability to play multiple roles will be important.

“And that’s what I expect out of a lot of the players; to be versatile and to be able to play a number of positions,” he said.

“To have that flexibility to thrown him forward or back, or into the ruck to throw a different dynamic at the opposition is a massive weapon to have.

“I’m just glad he’s on our side.”

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