Ricky remains at East

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Updated: December 16, 2015
Ricky O'Toole will remain at East Geelong and extend his playing career into a 24th season in 2016 Picture: VICKI KING
Ricky O'Toole will remain at East Geelong and extend his playing career into a 24th season in 2016 Picture: VICKI KING

Ricky O’Toole will remain at East Geelong and extend his playing career into a 24th season in 2016 Picture: VICKI KING

RICKY O’Toole has rejected numerous offers from across Geelong and beyond to re-sign with East Geelong for a 24th, and possibly last, season of local football.

Speculation about O’Toole’s future had abounded following his decision before the end of the 2015 season to step down as playing coach of the Eagles.

However, the only man to win all three local league medals across a career that is closing in on 450 games with St Joseph’s, Corio, Newcomb and East Geelong, will remain at Richmond Crescent for at least another year.

“I had offers to go elsewhere, but, to be honest, I’m too old to go elsewhere,” the 38-year-old told K-ROCK Football.com.au.

“I live 80m from the ground, (and) my brother still plays there.”

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O’Toole spent three years in charge of East Geelong and is now looking forward to playing under the new coaching team of Shane Bailey and Adam Sheridan.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for ‘Shero’ and ‘Bails’,” he said.

“I’ve played a lot of footy against those guys and I’ve always got on well with them.

“And they’re pretty good with me. They know where I’m at in regards to training and all that kind of stuff.

“It made my decision a little bit easier.”

O’Toole is also looking forward to the opportunity to play again with cousin Barry, who has arrived from Inverleigh.

His decision to stay and Barry’s arrival means there will be four O’Toole’s on the list.

Ricky’s brother Dylan and cousin B.J, who returned to Corio before reconsidering his decision last month, will also play with the Eagles.

“I was leaning towards not playing at all, but when Bazza came across it was a no-brainer to play,” Ricky said.

“Baz, Dyl and I have played together, but not B.J.

“We’ve all played with each other but not in the one side.”

East Geelong opens its 2016 campaign with a home game against Winchelsea.

Twitter: @tom_king79.



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