Irrewarra-Beeac’s newest recruits will provide the Bombers with a major boost in experience for the 2018 season.
Midfielder Cam Parker has taken on an assistant coaching role with the Bombers after crossing from Geelong Football League club Geelong West Giants, while former Dookie United coach Matt Maddison has also committed.
Parker will take on the assistant coaching role left by Khan Beckett, who has stepped back to focus on his football from next year.
Bombers coach Jason Cartwright said he expected Parker to be a valuable addition to the side.
“He’s from Echuca originally and he’s spent the last few years with Geelong West but was looking to get into the coaching ranks,” he said.
“He went to uni with a mate of mine Travis Woodmason so he knows a few guys around the club already, so I think he’ll fit in pretty well.
“He’s a tall onballer, over six foot, and he’s looked good at training, very polished skills and he’s set a good standard.”
Cartwright said he expected Parker to work well with the club’s up-and-coming Bombers, with youngsters like Tom Zampatti, Kyle Middleton, Tom Ennor, Edward Dexter and reigning under-17.5 league best-and-fairest winner Scott McCarney all earmarked to play senior football next year.
“Cam’s a school teacher so he’ll be good with the young blokes,” he said.
“We’ve kept most of the 17s, so they should all be pushing to play senior footy next year.”
Cartwright said he expected Maddison to potentially line up on a half-forward flank for the Bombers.
Maddison coached Dookie United to a preliminary final in the Picola and District Football Netball League in 2013.
“Matt’s new to the district and he’ll bring a lot of experience to the side as well,” Cartwright said.
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