Lions list locked in for 2021

The Coburg Football Club is pleased to announce that following a flurry of player re-signings and new recruits being confirmed and announced in the past 6-8 weeks, the Men’s playing list of 40 players for 2021 is now complete and finalised.  

In line with the new VFL/East Coast AFL tier 2 competition list rules, the playing list of 40 is made up as follows:

A maximum of 28 players that are 22 years old and older and a minimum of 12 players that are 21 years old and under.

Coburg will be participating in the new look AFL tier 2 competition which will include teams from Queensland such as the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns reserve teams aswell as Southport and Aspley who were formally NEAFL competition teams.   The new look league will also include the GWS Giants and Sydney Swans reserves from New South Wales to make a total of 22 teams and the 16 round Home and Away fixture for the 2021 season should be announced by the AFL early in 2021.

Coburg Football Club General Manager Sebastian Spagnuolo expressed his delight with the positivity of finalising the list earlier than in previous years, saying –

“The club is in a great position to attack the new look competition and be strong and ultra-competitive from day 1 which is what we wanted to achieve at the start of the 2021 list build process. We identified gaps and areas for improvement within the list but also what we felt were our strengths both on and off field from a culture point of view and we made all recruiting decisions based on those factors and requirements.

A lot of credit goes to Andrew Sturgess and our Coaching group and Elliot Matthews and our High Performance team who all re-committed for 2021, even though the 2020 season was ultimately cancelled, the coaching and high performance group created an environment that players wanted to come back to with a sense of unfinished business, that loyalty and drive has been really evident.

Our on field leaders, led by Peter McEvoy and Ryan Exon also played a key role in keeping the group from 2020 together but also their individual dealings with existing players and new recruits alike definitely helped, everyone played their role which was excellent.

To retain 31 of our players from 2020 is sensational and it means that by and large the connections and relationships that were formed over the 2019-20 preseason and then during the covid-19 lockdowns via Zoom and other mediums will see us hit the ground running with so much relationship building work already at a great level.

In the past 12-18 months we’ve been able to build a vision for the Coburg Football Club that we aspire to be, both on and off the field and each new recruit not only has enjoyed seeing that vision but each player wants to contribute to assisting the returning players, staff and coaches to achieve the club’s goals. We can’t wait to get started as a group in early January 2021 and hit the ground running.”

Now that the playing list has been finalised for 2021, our player guernsey numbers can also be revealed and you can see the full list below.

With the Men’s playing list now finalised, the club will continue to announce it’s inaugural Women’s team signings over the next few weeks and prepare for what should be a very exciting 2021 football season for the Coburg Football Club as it celebrates it’s 130th anniversary year.

Click here to view the 2020 playing list with photos and player profiles to be added soon. https://coburgfc.com.au/vfl-team-list-mens/

Just like these players you can play your part and commit to being a Coburg FC member in 2021, click here for more information. https://coburgfc.com.au/membership/