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Lions aim to be Feery good

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April 07, 2018

Seamus Feery was one of a hard-working back six.

The Goulburn Valley League football season is about get started, but Seymour is still loading up with talent.

With a loaded arsenal of VFL weaponry already at his disposal, coach Nick Jewell has secured a pair of former Goulburn Valley League Lions — Seamus Feery and Lachlan Watts.

Feery played for the club from 2010 to 2016 before moving for work, and Jewell was over the moon to secure his services.

‘‘It’s great to have him back, he travelled to the ACT for work and played up there and he’s just been transferred back to Nagambie way,’’ Jewell said.

‘‘He’s come back to us and played on the weekend in a scratch match and will be better for the run.

‘‘It’s just fantastic to have him back.’’

Feery brings size and versatility to the list; Jewell in no doubt he would fit inside the club’s best 22.

Joining him is Watts, who started with the club more than a decade ago and has been playing with Dimboola, where he won the 2013 Wimmera Football League premiership.

‘‘Lachie played for the club for many years in under-18s and seniors in a premiership year,’’ Jewell said.

‘‘He’s a school teacher and after university he’s been posted to different parts of the state and he’s now back around the Seymour area.

‘‘He’s trained the last four to six weeks with us and there’s been a few clubs at the lower levels sniffing around him.

‘‘He’s decided to have a crack at the GVL and we’re just really pleased with that, I love that attitude.’’

Seymour’s fate this season could well be decided by the availability of VFL-listed players, with Aiden Adams, Josh Prudden, Jack Murphy and Todd Elton all nominating the Lions as their second club.

But they’ve been boosted by the full-time inclusion of former Greater Western Sydney scholarship talent Alex Johnston, who won’t play VFL.

‘‘Alex has taken on an apprenticeship and will focus on his work which is great for him; he’s decided the VFL is not his go,’’ Jewell said.

‘‘Aiden Adams is on North Melbourne’s supplementary list; for his sake we hope he’s playing there, but for us we’d love to have him as many weeks as possible.

‘‘And Todd we’re not expecting to have a whole heap, he’s out for six to eight with a shoulder and he’s only two weeks into the rehab there.

‘‘He’ll probably need a run at the local level before playing VFL to get his legs and hopefully we can qualify him for finals.’’

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