McFarlane heads to Werribee

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Updated: December 17, 2015
Newtown & Chilwell star Dane McFarlane has joined VFL club Werribee. Picture: VICKI KING
Newtown & Chilwell star Dane McFarlane has joined VFL club Werribee. Picture: VICKI KING

Newtown & Chilwell star Dane McFarlane has joined VFL club Werribee. Picture: VICKI KING

WERRIBEE has confirmed that Geelong speedster Dane McFarlane will head up the highway in 2016 and continue his VFL career at Avalon Airport Oval.

The 22-year-old has spent the past three seasons playing for the VFL Cats where he managed 22 games and kicked 14 goals.

McFarlane played eight matches in 2015, doing enough to attract the attention of a couple of AFL clubs heading into November’s Rookie Draft.

Werribee coach John Lamont revealed McFarlane had been on his radar for a couple of seasons and was delighted to lock him away.

“He’s keen to take his footy up to that next level rather than being just a top-up player and have a real crack at it,” Lamont said.

“We think that we can be a good fit for him to do that.”

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McFarlane has had an injury-interrupted pre-season due to a hamstring injury suffered while playing for Newtown & Chilwell in this year’s GFL finals campaign.

Originally from Bellarine club Modewarre, McFarlane was a key player in lifting the Eagles into the Grand Final, kicking 31 goals from 13 appearances.

He also represented the GFL and Vic Country..

Lamont said McFarlane would predominantly play across half-forward at the Tigers, who commence a full alignment with AFL club North Melbourne in 2016.

“He’s got good lateral movement and pleased for him that he’s worked out what he wants to do with his footy and hopefully we can be the vehicle for him to do that,” Lamont said.

In further good news for last season’s elimination finalist, the Tigers have also confirmed young key forward Josh Porter has committed to 2016.

The club is also hopeful of adding an experienced key defender to its squad next week.

The Tigers will hold their final pre-season training session tonight before breaking for the Christmas-New Year period and will resume on January 13.

Meanwhile, Colac’s hopes of luring Hawthorn premiership player Jonathan Simpkin back to Central Reserve have been dashed following his signing with suburban Melbourne powerhouse Balwyn.

Simpkin, who played 33 games with Hawthorn and four with Geelong, while also playing in VFL flags with both clubs, will play under former Lara player Daniel Donati at the Eastern Football League club.

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