- Monday, 18 March 2013
It's been a summer of change at the Subiaco Football Club, meet the clubs newest recruits for season 2013.
|Jarrad Schofield: If anyone knows success it's Jarrad Schofield, a product of the Lions junior program, Schofield's playing record speaks for it's self. A part of Port Adelaide's 2004 premiership side he then went on to win three consecutive flags with Subiaco. As a coach he spend three years in charge of the Lion's Colts side before working under Marc Webb as Claremont's midfield coach last season.|
|Ray Daniels: Originally from Swan Districts Ray Daniels is a hard running midfielder who knows how to find the goals. He averaged more than 21 disposals playing reserves last season and was rewared with four league appearances. The 20-year-old has an impressive fitness tank and an equally impressive mullet to match.|
|Tristan Gum: From the moment he laced up his boots Tristan Gum turned heads at Leederville. The fleet footed 29-year-old from Sturt has fitted seamlessly into the Lions midfield and showed why he was selected to represent South Australia against Victoria in 2008. An Ankle injury during the first pre-season hit out will delay his debut until the second half of the season but he looms as a major contributor at the business end of 2013.|
|Ryan Herring: Lead, lead, lead. Ryan Herring's work rate as a forward is what sets him apart. Originally from Victoria, 'Fish" came of age at Sturt Football Club in South Australia. In 2009 he took more marks than anyone in the SANFL and finished in the top 10 in the goal kicking. After two years at Peel, Herring has settled in nicely at Medibank Stadium. The 26-year-old will help shoulder the goal kicking duties in the absence of Blake Broadhurst and Brant Chambers.|
|Jarrod Kayler-Thomson: After 108 appearances with Perth, Jarrod Kayler-Thomson decided to part ways with the club. The newest member of the Lions leadership group didn't take long to make an impression on teammates and the coaching staff. He brings with him AFL experience ( 3 games Hawthorn) and a raking left foot kick. At 27 Kayler-Thomson will be play a major role in Subiaco's bid to return to finals football.|
|Brad McDonald: A calf injury hampered McDonald's pre-season but the 24-year-old has found a home in the Lions defence. The rebounding defender has had an impact on the coaching staff with his hard-nosed approach and his thumping long kick. McDonald was recruited to Subiaco from Tasmanian club Penguin where he won the its best and fairest award in 2011.|
Andrew McDougall: Another former Demon turned Lion, at 29 the former West Coast Eagle and Western Bulldog forward is capable of turning a game on it's head. While McDougall has spent much of the summer recovering from hip surgery, his 195cm frame is less than a month away from WAFL action. Once fit, McDougall will bolster Subiaco's ruck stocks and add another string to an already potent forward line.
|Tom Smith: Fresh from the TAC cup competition where he averaged more than 9 tackles per game for the North Ballarat Rebels, Tom Smith has brought with him enthusiasm and a hunger for hard work. The 19-year-old is touted as one of the club's leading inside midfielders and despite suffering a back injury late in the pre-season, Smith is set to have a big impact on the competition in season 2013.|
Blake Broadhurst will undergo season ending surgery on his back but will return to the club next season.
Reece Blechynden is recovering from serve burns that he suffered after an incident involving a gas oven but is keen to resume his career next season.
Kane Bloxidge, Brant Chambers, Conor Davidson and Justin Joyce have all retired from WAFL football while Patrick Hassett and Scott Douglas have moved interstate.