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Parish returns, Falcon arrives

Cassidy Parish has departed Grovedale. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE return of a quality midfielder and the addition of another Geelong Falcons graduate has continued Grovedale’s fruitful off-season recruiting.

The Tigers have confirmed the return of Cassidy Parish from a season with Wimmer League club Southern Mallee Giants and the arrival of Flynn Young from Barwon Heads. The latter made four appearances at NAB League level in 2021.

It follows the previously announced signings of Young’s Falcons and Seagulls teammate Charlie Brauer and Anglesea best-and-fairest Dale Kerr.

With young gun Mitch Knevitt, who played four GFL games this year, widely touted to be taken in the AFL draft, Grovedale coach Daniel Fraser was keen to strengthen the Tigers’ midfield, and he’s confident Parish will assist that.

“And he complements Dale Kerr really well there,” Fraser said. “It was certainly an area of our team that we felt we needed to improve – we needed to get a bit more depth through there.

“So, picking up a 6’2″ (188cm) midfielder, who’s proven at the level, and he’s got some aspirations to have a crack at a higher level again, we think it’s a win-win situation; for both Cassidy and the footy club.”

Injury limited Young to just four games for the Falcons.

However, the 19-year-old was selected in this year’s under-23 Young Guns game between Vic Country and Vic Metro and is keen to find a VFL spot in 2022.

“He decided to align with us to help his prospects at VFL level,” Fraser said.

“We hope Flynn to play in the wing/half-forward area. He’s an outside mid and can play forward, and knows how to kick a goal.

“We’re looking for him to play a role in the senior team in that area.”

Fraser says GFL leading goalkicker and Rookie of the Year Tom Gillett is working through offers from the Falcons to return as a 19-year-old, as well as attracting interest at VFL level.

“Tom, as far as I’m concerned, hasn’t made his decision 100 per cent,” Fraser said.

“As I said to him last (Tuesday) night, “take your time to make a decision, do what’s right for you”, and we’ll support him with whatever he does.”

Liam Phillips, who made six senior appearances, is the only confirmed departure from Burdoo Reserve.

Phillips, who studies at Marcus Oldham College, will spend a year working on a farm in country Western Australia.

Fraser has earmarked mid-next month for a start to pre-season training.

“We haven’t locked the date in, but we’ll start to ramp-up discussions on a date,” he said.

“But, we’re looking at the middle of November.”

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