By Daniel Foley
Nathan Boucher is the latest player to re-sign with the Coburg Lions for the 2022 season.
Boucher played nine games this season, kicking goals against Brisbane, Collingwood and Port Melbourne.
The 22-year-old averaged 15.6 disposals a game in 2021 and had his best performance against Brisbane in Round 3 recording 26 touches.
The small forward, who can also spend time in the midfield, signed with the club ahead of the 2020 season but had to wait an extra 12 months to make his Coburg debut after the season was cancelled.
Boucher said he is looking forward to what the upcoming year has ahead for the club.
“I think the club is in such an upwards trajectory and what we can achieve going forward is up to us,” he said.
“The group that we’ve got together and that spreads across our coaching staff to our volunteers, it’s not only a footy club but it’s a family and I wanted to be a part of that.”
“I hope it’s an uninterrupted season and if that is the case, I think we’re a red hot crack to do anything. We’ll obviously have the goal to win a flag and making finals will be at the top of the list and I think we have the group capable of doing so.”
Coburg senior coach Andrew Sturgess said it was super exciting to re-sign Boucher who he described as a student of the game, an ultra-professional and someone who contributes a lot to the club.
“We probably saw small glimpses of what he was capable of this year, just with the interrupted season,” he said.
“I think just getting some continuity into him, playing with guys that he obviously hasn’t played with before, we’re gonna probably see him take his game to another level.”
“He’s another one that from a leadership perspective I think can offer a lot to our group moving forward given his previous experiences.”