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Supersaints sign ex Lion and Bomber

St Albans recruit in action during Saturday’s practice match against Newtown & Chilwell. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

ST ALBANS has received a late boost ahead of the 2019 season with former Brisbane and Essendon ruckman Sam Michael joining the GFL battler.

Michael, who played three games with the Lions and two with the Bombers as a top-up player in 2016, has arrived at The Gordon Tafe Oval through a connection with current Supersaint and fellow former Lion Blake Grewar.

“They had played footy together, and I think (it was) a bit of a chance meeting,” St Albans co-coach Adam Boshevski told krockfootball.com.au’s Season Countdown.

“Blake works in the city and a few of our other players that we’ve been able to recruit this year, like Caleb Tiller, also work in the city, and they happened to get together, I believe, and have a bit of a discussion and talk about whether he was interested in playing footy with us.

“Then it just snowballed from there. The seed was planted and we’ve had further discussions from there.

“He’s come down to training and it’s been fantastic. We’re really thrilled to have him on board late.

“I’m sure he can add a lot of experience and guidance for us (Boshevski and co-coach Chris Carlon), but also the playing group.

Taken with pick No.96 in the 2012 Rookie Draft, the 25-year-old spent two years on the Lions’ list.

Michael was delisted at the end of 2014 before being signed for the 2015 NAB Challenge by Essendon following the withdrawal of 26 Bombers due to the ongoing supplements scandal.

When those players were suspended in early 2016, he signed a contract as a “top-up” player and managed two AFL matches.

Michael most recently played with Redland in the NEAFL in 2017.

The Supersaints open their 2019 campaign on April 6 with a trip across the breakwater for a third consecutive Round 1 meeting with South Barwon.

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