Recruits boost Eagles

Updated: January 30, 2016
Former Garfield forward Ash Brown is among some handy additions at East Geelong. Picture: AL PACKER
Former Garfield forward Ash Brown is among some handy additions at East Geelong. Picture: AL PACKER

Former Garfield forward Ash Brown is among some handy additions at East Geelong. Picture: AL PACKER

SOME handy January recruiting has resulted in renewed optimism at East Geelong ahead of the GDFL season.

The Eagles, who missed the finals for the first time since 2006 last year, have been one of the more active local clubs in the new year.

The key addition is the return of premiership defender Simon Prymke after a year with Colac league club Forrest, which went into recess earlier this month.

“He’s probably been one of the most dominant centre-half backs in the league, and, especially with the young crew we’re going to have this year, to get someone like him’s a real bonus,” coach Shane Bailey said.

“We’re rapt to have him back.”

Bailey says Prymke was planning to stay at Forrest until the Lions pulled the pin in 2016.

“We’ve been chasing him for ages – right from when I got the position,” he said.

“He was one of the first guys we spoke to but he let us know early on that he wasn’t interested.

“And then we kept at him, and some mates at the footy club kept at him as well, and he changed his mind in the end.”

Also arriving at Richmond Crescent are Chris Hester from St Albans, former Thomson midfielder Jarryd Hood after a year with Bundoora in the Northern League, former Corio coach Barry O’Toole after a year at Inverleigh, and young St Mary’s quartet Sam Handley, Robbie Brown, Jake Smith and Daniel Trevaskis, who have a connection with assistant coach Adam Sheridan.


Bailey is also confident Prymke’s premiership teammate Cody Watson will be sighted on a more regular basis after playing just one game in 2015.

He is also bullish about the prospects of former Garfield forward Ash Brown.

Brown kicked 37 goals in 2014, but was restricted to just six matches last year after suffering a broken collarbone.

“I spoke to his old coach, and I know another fella that knows him from the league down there, and from all reports (he’s) a really good kid, a really good clubman, which is important,” Bailey said.

“That’s one of the things I really wanted to check out about him.

“I knew he kicked a few goals down there, but obviously he’s a good character as well.

“We’re rapt to have him on board and he’s said his intention is he doesn’t just want to play for a year, he’s not here chasing money.

“He’s got relations in Geelong and we’re looking at keeping him on board for a while.”


Bailey says the additions to the list have improved the Eagles’ prospects for the 2016 season, which starts with a home game against Winchelsea on April 2.

“The last month has been really good,” he said.

“It started off really slow. It took a little bit to gain momentum, but once it got rolling and we picked up a couple, then it came together and a few other guys jumped on board.

“We’ve gone from being just a development side to a side that may win a few more than we thought initially.”

In more good news at East Geelong, premiership player Sean O’Leary has been named president, replacing brother Michael, who will serve as football manager.

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