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New faces at the Borough
Body: [quote]Courtesy The Leader Group Newspapers By Paul Amy COACH Saade Ghazi says it is a sure thing that Brayden Shaw will be a fine player for Port Melbourne in the VFL. Shaw, the son of Collingwood premiership captain Tony Shaw, signed with the Boroughs before Christmas and Ghazi expects him to become a leading midfielder and a team leader. The right-footer was a father-son selection for the Magpies in the 2003 national draft but was unable to break through for a senior game, playing exclusively at Williamstown. "He's very good at VFL level. He gets a lot of the ball,'' Ghazi said of Shaw. "I think you'll find he'll be an important player for us straight up. We rate him very highly.'' Port has also secured former Victorians Matt Smith (Adelaide) and Luke Peel (Port Adelaide), bringing height to its defence. Smith, whose brother Nick was with Port Melbourne last year, is seen as the starting centre half-back. He had five years with the Crows, the last two as a rookie, and was a good performer for Sturt. Peel, drafted from the Sandringham Dragons as a 17-year-old in 2003, approached Port Melbourne after be ing delisted by the Power. Other arrivals at TEAC Oval include Bendigo Bombers midfielder Kurt McGlynn, pacy former Western Bulldogs rookie Rowan Nayna and Greenvale key position player Rhys Bloomfield. Ghazi hopes the 192cm Bloomfield can help cover the loss of Adrian Bonaddio, who was rookie listed by Adelaide. From the TAC Cup come Oakleigh Chargers Myles Krakouer, the son of Phil, Tom Langford and Robin Nahas, and Geelong Falcon Sam Wormald. Meanwhile, the demands of family, full-time work and part-time study may lead 2005 Port best and fairest winner Ben Robbins into retirement. Ghazi said the former Brisbane Lion and Kangaroo was "only 50-50'' to play. The Boroughs have farewelled the handy Josh Rudd (Geelong VFL) and popular forward Anthony "Wheels'' Aloi, who has crossed to Greenvale.[/quote] Sorry to see Wheels, Robbins and Ruddy go. Good luck to them at their new clubs or in retirement (if Robbins doesn't play on). I said it already on the front page comments, but I'm excited that another couple of Indigenous players are at the club in Nayna and Krakouer... Looking for our next Aaron Davey. I'm a Doggies member but I only saw a handful of Werribee games (I hate the Tigers) and think Nayna could be a handy addition. Bloomfield did a pre-season at Essendon, and doesn't have a traditional TAC cup background, but there are wraps on this kid, so hopefully he will slot as a tall option up forward with Gilham.
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