Meet The Recruits: Leigh Kitchin

Leigh Kitchin is set to shore up the Lions midfield stocks joining former Frankston team-mate Lachlan Delahunty. 

Kitchin is the latest Victorian connection and comes with a wealth of experience after playing in three premierships for the Box Hill Hawks and establishing himself as a star extractor at the Dolphins. 

The 24-year-old decided to make the move to Perth to open up his footballing opportunities and will look to follow in the footsteps of recent recruits Matt Boland and Lachlan Delahunty. 

The inside midfielder could also ease the void left by Simpson medallist Jason Bristow who retired after winning the 2014 premiership.

Fellow Victorian recruit Brett Mahoney likened Kitchin to Lions champion Bristow and believes he could play a similar role. 

"You're never going to get another Jason Bristow, but Kitch is a guy that will provide the same effort. He's a gritty inside midfielder who knows how to win the ball." said Mahoney

Mahoney knows this from a first hand experience where he directly played on Kitchin in the VFL's TAC cup a couple of years ago. 

"I had to play on Kitchin in a TAC Cup game when I was playing in the VFL and he remembers me tagging him all game. It's good to have him on the other side now." added Mahoney

 

Q&A with LEIGH KITCHIN 

Nicknames?
Kitch and FIsh since i've been here..

Why do you love football?
I play footy for the love of it. You have the fun factor and when it's something you want to do, you commit yourself 100%. Every footballers dream is to play at the highest level possible and i'm enjoying working towards that. 

What is your favourite position?
Inside midfield... I like winning the ball. 

First impression of the Subiaco Lions?
It's been great, really proffessional and there's good bunch of lads that embraced me straight away. It makes the transition easier having a group that welcomes you with open arms and knowing some guys from the VFL has helped as well. The facilities are great and there's no wasting of time; once your at training everyone operates at a high intensity and there's always work to do. 

What are your goals for 2015?
I would love to win a premiership and defend what Subiaco worked so hard for last year. 

 

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