Litherland joins Lions
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Subiaco are delighted to announce the signing of ex-Hawthorn defender Gus Litherland.
The 24-year-old joins the club after six seasons with the Hawks and the Great Southern product will undoubtedly bolster a young, talented Lions back-line in 2017.
Litherland snubbed the prospect of re-joining his original club Claremont and told the West Australian that ex-Subi premiership player and good friend Sam Menegola helped make his decision.
“I chatted to a few different clubs,” he said.
“Obviously I came from Claremont, Rob Wiley coached me for a bit in the (State) 18s and he is at East Fremantle.
“I have an uncle at South Fremantle and, through Sammy Menegola, he spoke to me about Subiaco and Jarrad Schofield gave me a call. It was a two-horse race between Subiaco and Claremont but in the end I chose a fresh start.” Said Litherland
Gus enjoyed one of his best seasons in Victoria in 2016 which was highlighted with six AFL games. A strong Hawthorn back-line held Litherland out of the side but he performed very strongly in 13 games for Box Hill.
The versatile back-man is hoping to bring some of his best traits into the Subiaco brand of football.
In other news; 2013 Outridge Medallist Brett Mahoney has decided to return to his home-state of Victoria after 95 games, two premierships and five seasons at Subiaco.
Mahoney arrived during Chris Waterman’s tenor as head coach in 2012 and the lightning quick midfielder made an instant impact.
The then 23-year old played 18 games in his first year at Subiaco averaging 16 touches a game. Mahoney was a shining light in a low year for the Lions.
Schofield was appointed as head coach in 2013 and he was able to help Mahoney into another gear. Mahoney averaged 21 disposals over 18 games in 2013 and was awarded Outridge medallist.
After being a relentless workhorse for the Lions in 2012-2013 Mahoney thrived with an influx of talent in 2014. The Lions resurgence involved a strong midfield unit and the Mansfield product was deadly on the wing as Subi surged to a shock Premiership.
The Victorian recruit continued his strong brand of football the following year when Subiaco won consecutive premierships. Mahoney even contributed a signature running goal to ice the West Perth Falcons in the third quarter of WAFL Grand Final 132.
Mahoney remained one of the fittest players on the Subiaco roster playing 22 games including the semi-final and Grand Final in 2016. Thanks for everything Mahns.