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Saints further strengthened

Hudson Garoni in action for Werribee in 2019. (Werribee Football Club Image/Belinda Vitacca)

REIGNING GFL premier St Mary’s has further strengthened its impressive list with key forward Hudson Garoni arriving from Grovedale.

Saints co-coach Travis Robertson says Garoni, who will remain with VFL club Werribee after playing two games with the Tigers in 2019, was close to being at Anthony Costa Oval this year.

“We put a lot of effort into trying to get Hudson onto our list last year in conjunction with Kyle Reid,” Robertson said.

“Hudson chose Grovedale, and we’ve stayed in contact with him being best mates with Kyle.

“He popped in for a beer on (GFL) grand final night, and we started chatting from there, and we were successful in getting him across.”

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Arriving from Wodonga after kicking 38 goals for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup in 2018, the 195cm Garoni kicked 20 goals in nine games for Grovedale, including two hauls of five.

Injury issues disrupted his season before he returned to make his VFL debut in August, with Robertson revealing Garoni underwent ankle surgery last week.

“I think the ankle has hindered him over the last couple of years, so they recently decided to fix it once and for all,” Robertson said.

“That will set him back a bit; I don’t think he’ll be running until after Christmas.

“Here’s hoping he plays a lot of VFL footy for his growth.

“But, if he’s not, we’ll be happy to have him at full-forward.”

St Mary’s will officially commence pre-season training on November 27 as it looks to win consecutive GFL premierships for the first time.

“They’re quite self-driven,” Robertson said of his players. “There will be no question around their fitness when they return.

“It’s important they get a physical and mental refresh.

“It’s a long season.”

For Grovedale, Garoni is the third key departure, with Tom Hornsey (Modewarre) and Ethan Petterwood (Scottsdale, Tasmania) also departing Burdoo Reserve.

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