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Max Gawn says stars like Ben Brown show AFL recruiters should look more at ‘second-tier’ footy
MAX GAWN, Herald Sun
April 29, 2018 7:00am
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I DON’T envy the role of AFL recruiters.

They pour over countless hours of vision of almost every game around the country.

They pick through all the data and are entrusted with making decisions that have a long-lasting effect on the club — good and bad.




Borough Sign Ryan Pendlebury for Season 2018

From the Port Melbourne Football Club website
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Borough Sign Ryan Pendlebury for Season 2018


Port Melbourne have pulled off a last-minute recruiting coup for season 2018 in adding highly-credentialed ex-Collingwood VFL key defender Ryan Pendlebury to its playing list.

Pendlebury is the younger brother of Collingwood skipper Scott and joins the Borough with 55 VFL games next to his name, which also included Team of the Year representation in 2015.

Originally from Gippsland, 25-year-old Pendlebury has previously played his best football on the opposition’s second and third tall forward.

With the departure of draftee Brody Mihocek, Brodie Murdoch (relocation) and Hugh Sandilands (retired) from the 2017 Premiership defensive unit, Pendlebury will be a welcome addition to the group as the season progresses.

Pendlebury is currently nursing a hamstring injury, and Port fans can expect to see him on the field in the next 3-4 weeks as he works through his recovery and match fitness.

Pendlebury will don guernsey number 48.

We welcome Ryan to the Borough and look forward to seeing him in action over the next few months!


From The Moreland Leader

Reported by Geordie Cowan
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 Hamish Blair

New Coburg Football Club VFL coach Leigh Adams at Coburg City Oval. Picture: Hamish Blair

Leigh Adams ready to make his mark as Coburg’s VFL coach following career at AFL level

BORN in a Coburg premiership year of 1988, new coach Leigh ‘Patch’ Adams has been given the task of lifting the Lions back up the VFL ladder.

Fresh from leading unheralded South Croydon to a remarkable Eastern Football League Division 1 premiership, Adams replaces legendary coach Peter German, who was in charge for four years after Coburg’s return to a stand-alone club.

Leigh Adams looks to fire off a handball during his days at North Melbourne. Picture: Michael Klein.

The former North Melbourne player, who booted 72 goals from 104 games over eight years, retired from AFL in 2015 after a series of concussions.

Adams was “absolutely rapt” to earn a two-year contract with Coburg, with the challenge ahead the most appealing aspect.

“I’ve always wanted to take my coaching as far as I possibly could,” Adams said.

“The challenge of a VFL club is a huge acknowledgment for me. I’m under no illusions it will be an easy job, but I am looking forward to getting stuck in, challenging myself and my coaching philosophies on what I think will work and seeing the outcome at the end of it.