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Joeys farewell Tudor

Cam Tudor celebrates a goal with St Joseph’s teammate Riley Ferguson during the 2021 season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST JOSEPH’S will be without the services of Cam Tudor in 2022 following the Melbourne-based star forward’s decision to play closer to home.

A member of the GFL Coaches’ Team of the Year for a third time this year, Tudor has signed with Essendon and District League club Greenvale.

The 29-year-old former Geelong and Werribee VFL player has played 104 games and kicked 161 goals for St Joseph’s.

He comfortably led Joeys’ goalkicking with 32 majors in 2021 – 21 more than Brant Haintz on 11.

“He’s one of those guys where you probably don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” coach Paul Carson said.

“Not that we’ve ever taken him for granted, but year after year, he’s been the same reliable person.

“A 6’4″-6’5” guy who kicks 30-40 goals a season, they don’t grow on trees, and it does leave a gaping hole.

“But as a coach and a club, we’ve got to look at the opportunity now – what’s next and who gets that opportunity?”

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Offsetting the departure of Tudor is the decision by Cal Mitchell and James Gow to step away from the Geelong VFL program and commit to St Joseph’s full-time.

Mitchell can hold down a position at either end of the ground but looms as the likely replacement for Tudor.

Gow will slot into the gap in the midfield created by Jordan Keras’ departure to Anglesea.

“I love Gowy; I feel like he’s a complete player,” Carson said. “He can play inside or outside. He can go forward and hit the scoreboard.

“And he’s shown at VFL level he can play off half-back if needed.

“He’ll be one of best mids in the GFL – I rate him that highly.”

Carson also confirmed the signing of Clem Nagorcka from Hampden League powerhouse Koroit and the appointment of former Geelong AFLW coach Paul Hood as an assistant coach.

Hood, who played most of his senior football at St Joseph’s, fills the spot made vacant by Garry Hocking heading to Leopold.

“Hoody will coach our midfield and assist me and our coaching staff,” Carson said.

“We’re bloody excited to have him on board.”

MEANWHILE, Newtown & Chilwell have farewelled talented youngsters Will Robinson and Jy Lane.

The Eagles have confirmed Corowa-Rutherglen products will return to the Ovens and Murray League club in 2022.

And 2016 premiership player Andrew Pepper has departed Leopold to return to Hamilton Kangaroos in the Hampden League.

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