2014: INS AND OUTS
- Wednesday, 05 March 2014
The Subiaco Lions have been working hard in the recruiting market over the off-season to bolster the squad ahead of 2014.
Former Lions stars Kyal Horsely and Shaun Hildebrandt have returned to the side after spending times at other clubs; joined by a host of VFL and WAFL talent.
Frank Stockley (West Perth) and Wade Twomey’s (Swan Districts) additions have added experience and height to the squad whilst exciting forward Shane Yarren (South Mandurah) looms as a potential x-factor.
Two Victorian recruits round out Subiaco’s note-able off-season endeavours with Lachlan Delahunty (Frankston) and Matt Boland (Parkland) both possessing massive potential for the Lions.
Horsley returns after spending two years at the Gold Coast Suns in the AFL where an impromptu knee injury ended his time over East short. Horsley is an incredibly powerful midfielder who possesses the ability to break lines and kick goals. The Kalgoorlie product was an integral part of Subiaco’s 2011 Premiership run where he came second in the Sandover medal for best WAFL player.
|Shaun Hildebrandt was a major part of Subiaco during the glory years; winning two premierships in 2007 and 2008. Originally from Peel Thunder, Hildebrandt made his mark on the WAFL early as a work-horse midfielder with superb skills. The silky playmaker comes back to Subiaco after two years with the Swan Districts and should prove to be a pivotal cog in the Lions midfield.|
|Stockley comes to the Lions after three years with the West Perth Falcons and could play a key role amongst the Lions followers. Stockley has developed rucking skills along with the ability to take big marks at 197 centimetres. Will provide a good partnership with Andrew McDougall along with being a target up forward.|
|Subiaco have furthered their key position ability with the addition of tall midfielder/defender Wayde Twomey. Originally coming from Tarneit in Victoria; Twomey made the move over to the WAFL in 2008 to play for the Swan Districts. The rebounding defender shone in a three-year stint for the Swans leading to being rookie drafted by AFL club Carlton in 2011. With a WAFL premiership and a Simpson medal under his belt, Twomey could be a crucial signing for 2014.|
|Athletic winger Delahunty joins the Lions from VFL’s Frankston. The 23 year old was selected in the 2012 VFL team of the year and should provide some class going forward for the Lions.|
|Boland comes to Subiaco as a proven goal-kicker with excellent hands and experience. Originally starting with Sandringham in the VFL, the 24 year old bounced around various VFL clubs before finding a place at the Collingwood Football Club. After two promising years for the Magpies reserves Boland sought options over West, where the Lions will value his ability around the big sticks.|
|Yarren possesses freakish ability in the forward line with excellent pace and good height. Will provide the X-factor that the Lions have been desperately been looking for since the retirement of club great Ali Pickett in 2012. The 20 year old hails from the Peel region and is not only hard to stop on the lead but can take a contested grab as well.|
|Latham will add depth to Subiaco’s midfield bringing a wealth of experience from West Perth. The 22 year olds pre-season form and fitness suggests he will be a valuable contributor in 2014.|
|Blechynden returns to the Subiaco Football Club after taking a year off due to medical reasons. The 24 year old is capable of offering drive in the midfield as well as a steady head down back. Was a regular in the league side before the break, emerging as a reliable midfielder in the Lions 2011 Grand Final appearance.|
|Young prospect Joyce re-joins the Lions senior squad after an absence in 2013. Joyce is a hard in and under midfielder, expect him to feature prominently around stoppages. Earmarked as a future leader of the club with 2014 looming as a break-through year for the young gun.|