King joins Grubbers

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Updated: November 19, 2015
David King has joined Ocean Grove as assistant coach. Picture: ARJ GIESE
David King has joined Ocean Grove as assistant coach. Picture: ARJ GIESE

David King has joined Ocean Grove as assistant coach. Picture: ARJ GIESE

OCEAN Grove has signed 2015 Allthorpe medallist David King as assistant coach.

King, who played more than 250 games with St Joseph’s, was a runaway winner of the GFL reserves best and fairest after being squeezed out of the talent-ladened Joeys side that went on to beat Newtown & Chilwell in the senior grand final.

However, as well as claiming the Allthorpe Medal, King was a key part of St Joseph’s win over Grovedale in the reserves decider, being named best on ground.

“We’re extremely excited having a guy living in the town and getting him playing for Ocean Grove,” Grubbers coach Wayne Walsh said.

“He’s just what we needed on and off the field. With the young blokes coming through we need that on-field leadership.”

Walsh says King was someone they were keen to lure the club.

“We’ve been in touch with him for a while,” Walsh said.

“(We) let him play his footy season out and then had a chat to him after that.

“He had a few clubs hounding around him. He’s been very good to deal with.”

King is the only confirmed signing by the Grubbers, who will make Shell Road Oval their home in 2016.

However, Walsh has hinted there is more new faces likely to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

“We’re still seeing a few players, we know what we need to recruit,” he said.

“We only had one player signed up this time last year and we ended up with a half-a-dozen new players.

“It’s a long pre-season, we’ve just got to keep at it.”

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