BY JARRAD GARDNER
The Coburg Football Club would like to welcome former Richmond forward Callum Moore to the club on a two-year contract.
The 23-year old joins the Lions after spending the past four seasons with Richmond where he played eight AFL matches, Moore also played in the 2019 VFL premiership alongside another new Coburg signing in Jacob Ballard.
Moore joined the Tigers with pick 12 in the 2016 rookie draft from the Calder Cannons and Aberfeldie in the Essendon District Football League. He made his AFL debut against St. Kilda in round 22 of the 2016 season, kicking a goal.
He featured six times for Richmond in the 2018 season, kicking four goals. He did not feature in the club’s 2019 premiership campaign but impressed in his time with the Tigers VFL side, kicking 12 goals in nine matches.
Senior coach Andrew Sturgess was delighted to secure Moore, highlighting his athletic ability and versatility and his strengths.
“I think the Callum probably would’ve had many suitors but I suppose for us, obviously coming off an AFL list he’s clearly a really talented player and I think the thing that was really appealing for us is that he’s played a lot of football as a key forward obviously at AFL and VFL level with Richmond but he’s actually quite a versatile player, he’s really athletically gifted and a very explosive player,” Sturgess said
“We’ll probably see him playing as our key position forward but at the same time he brings a lot to the table in terms of his versatility that we probably have the ability to throw him down back if we need to and we could even give him a run through the midfield for short spurts.”
Moore is the third former Tiger to join the club for 2020, joining Ballard and Tom Silvestro which while Sturgess admits wasn’t deliberate, believes it will help all three adjust to life at the club.
“I’d be lying if I said it was by design, we just set out to bring great people into our club and the fact that the three former Tigers all decided to join our club was a bonus” he said.
“Those three guys come in who have played a lot of footy together and then with the guys we’ve already got we feel like to get them to that end point of having that continuity of playing with one another and understanding one another is not as far away as if we did have guys coming from here, there and everywhere. They come from a success driven club with great culture, everything we aim to achieve here too”
Sturgess believe Moore’s presence inside the Coburg forward 50 will be a welcome relief for co-captain Pete McEvoy, and the two can combine to form a great partnership.
“Anytime that you’re bringing in a guy of Callum’s calibre, he going to attract quality opposition and sort of just has a bit of a domino effect.”
“It might mean that a Pete McEvoy or a Sam Lowson are able to get a little bit more freedom but at the same time it’s such a quality competition the you’re never really off the chain so to speak.”
Moore becomes the 30th player contracted to the club for the 2020 season and Sturgess is full of optimism about the coming season.
“I couldn’t be happier and more excited with where our list is currently at. It’s a really exciting time but I think that every club has that optimism about their list at this time of year and for us it’s probably just ensuring that we go about it over pre-season and continue having a growth mindset.”
“We feel like our list is talented enough and united enough to achieve great success in 2020, it’s probably just how we go about it in pre-season and leading into games.”
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