Micah makes Ammos home

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Updated: December 23, 2015
Micah Buchanan signed with reigning BFL premier Geelong Amateur Picture: VICKI KING

Micah Buchanan signed with reigning BFL premier Geelong Amateur Picture: VICKI KING

Micah Buchanan signed with reigning BFL premier Geelong Amateur Picture: VICKI KING

GEELONG Amateur has become the second BFL club to add a Colac premiership star to its ranks after winning the race for the signature of Micah Buchanan.

The signing of Buchanan, who won the Tigers best and fairest in their 2014 premiership year before having 2015 off, comes only a week after former teammate James Linton joined Ocean Grove.

“We are extremely pleased that Micah has decided to commit to Ammos,” football boss Ben Hunter said.

“Micah has connections with us in the Bucovaz boys, who played together at Aspley, along with a number of other mates. He’s also living just up the road from Queen’s Park.    

“He’s a super quality footballer who’s a proven big game player and our young group of mids coming through are only going to benefit from his experience.”

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The arrival of Buchanan comes on the back of the homecoming of Trent Weber and Ben and Kristian Bucovaz from Bell Park, as well as the addition of ex-Ammos Blair Kelly and Zach Jones, and Hugh Hunter’s return from injury.

“As always, our primary focus was the recruitment of ex-Geelong Amateur juniors,” Hunter said.

“Fortunately enough, nice and early, we were able to secure a number of boys who came through our junior program together that were ready to return to the club.  

“Secondary to that, we targeted players on a needs and positional basis, and another quality mid was something we addressed as an area of possible improvement.”

However, those who believe Ammos will cruise to a third straight flag may be forced to think again with some key departures.

Andrew McLean, Travis Robertson, Matthew Grant and Josh Smith have retired.

Fellow veteran Tim Clark is also weighing up his future.

Richy Kangars has joined St Mary’s, Adam Kurzman has headed to Ballan and Brenton Adams will spend 2016 overseas.

“The BFL looks to be strengthened again with a number of teams recruiting well,” Hunter added.

“We are under no illusions that it’s an absolute must to have continual improvement to stay ahead of what is an improving standard.”

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