Coburg have continued its retention of its list for the 2021 VFL/Tier 2 East Coast competition with midfielders Braedyn Gillard, Nathan Boucher, Dinny Cleary and Jackson McDonald all confirming their commitment to the club.
GM Sebastian Spagnuolo was pleased to have confirmed the signings of all four players.
“Like all player signing and re-signing announcements to this point, we are really proud of the commitment shown by these players that were very clear with us that they never considered their futures anywhere else for 2021,” said Spagnuolo.
Highly rated Gillard managed 4 games in 2019, after debuting in round one that season. The former Northern Knights Captain spent most of the season with his junior club Montmorency in the Northern Football League, and looked set for a breakout 2020. He has signed a two year deal.
“Braedyn is another of our players that was showing some fantastic signs that 2020 was going to be abit of a breakout year for him. There’s no reason why 2021 can’t be exactly that and we can’t wait to see him out there. He’s signed for 2021 and 2022 which is really encouraging for us,” said Spagnuolo.
Boucher signed for the club in December 2020 after two seasons with the Box Hill Hawks, where he showed glimpses of his capabilities. The former Oakleigh Charger managed 14 goals from as many games in his time in the brown and gold and made a great impression over the preseason.
“We brought Nathan across from Box Hill in the leadup to 2020 because we felt that his talents and work ethic deserved to be playing at VFL level more consistently and we’ve been nothing but amazed at this leadership qualities and his talents. 2021 is going to be a really good year for Nathan at this level,” Spagnuolo said.
After a breakout 2019 season in the EDFL with Avondale Heights which saw him win that seasons rising star award, Dinny Cleary finally followed in the footsteps of his father Phil by becoming a Lion. Previously, Cleary had missed out on making the list twice, and in the clubs only practice match this year made a great impression.
“Although we only played 1 practice match in 2020 before the season was cancelled, Coburg members would have seen Dinny exert himself at the contest like a bull at a gate and with his 189cm frame and running ability he provides our coaching staff something different to what we’ve got. 2018 and 2019 were both injury riddled for Dinny so the gap year of 2020 may have given him a chance to reset the body and be in a position to hit 2021 pretty hard,” said Spagnuolo.
It will be McDonald’s 5th season at Piranha Park, having debuted in round one of 2017. The former Calder Cannon’s 2020 didn’t go to waste football wise, playing in Cairns with Port Douglas where he was a member of their all-conquering premiership side.
“Jacko enters his 5th season as a Lion in 2021 and will definitely be looking to take another giant step forward in his familiar wing/midfield position. Jacko has been fortunate to have played footy in 2020, winning a premiership in the AFL Cairns competition with Port Douglas,” Spagnuolo said.
Over the next few days and weeks the club will continue to announce both re-singings and more new player signings as it prepares to succeed in 2021.
You can play your part and commit to the club as a member in 2021 by heading to following the club on all social media channels and ensuring that when the 2021 membership campaign is launched that you’re part of the club by becoming a member.