There has been good news and bad news for Alvie Football Club with a favourite son returning, while a midfield gun has parted ways.
Tyson Finnigan will make a long-awaited return to his former club, and appears set to play his 100th senior game for the Swans in round one next year.
The former interleague representative has spent the past six years at Colac Imperials, and was part of the Imps’ 2013 grand final side.
But the news isn’t all good for Alvie, with midfielder Lachy Mahoney set to join Apollo Bay.
Mahoney finished runner-up in the Swans’ best-and-fairest this season, behind league medal winner Liam McGuane.
“It’s disappointing to lose Lachy because he had a ripping year,” Alvie coach Dan Casey said.
“But he’s picked up an apprenticeship down in the Bay, and work’s more important than footy so we understand his decision,” he said.
Casey said he was rapt to have Finnigan, the son of former Alvie coach Brendan Finnigan, return to the club.
Finnigan, who last played for the Swans in their 2010 preliminary final side, played 92 games as a midfielder-forward with the Imps in the past six years, booting 142 goals.
“We’re really happy to have Tyson return to the club, he’s super dangerous and he’s just so strong and smart,” Casey said.
“I think he saw that we’re going to hopefully have a successful season next year, we’ve put in a lot of work on and off-field.
“And he’ll get the chance to play his 100th game where he played his junior footy.”
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