BY KELLY MASTERS
Tom Silvestro has become the latest addition to the Coburg squad for the up-coming VFL season.
Silvestro is a seasoned VFL player, who comes across from Richmond’s VFL side where he was also a member of the Tigers leadership group.
The 24-year-old becomes Coburg’s second new recruit for 2020, joining fellow Ex-Tiger Jacob Ballard who has also made a move to the Lions den.
Well regarded for his selflessness and tireless work rate, Silvestro played 17 of the Tigers matches during 2019 where he averaged 13.1 disposals, laid six tackles, and kicked six majors.
Coburg Members can expect Silvestro to set up play around the ground and provide plenty of tenacity around the contest. Silvestro says he is most comfortable on the wing but will also supply another inside mid option that can push forward to hit the scoreboard when needed.
Speaking after signing at the club, Silvestro said the fresh start at Coburg was too good to pass.
“I think it’s just the opportunity to play most weeks without being knocked out of the team. I like the environment of a standalone club; it’s got more of a local footy club feel with respect to the tight-knit group with a community focus, so that was a big factor.”
He is now directing his focus on a solid pre-season to make sure his hand is up for selection, come round one.
“I think it’s just going to be working on my strengths again so just making sure my running is as best as it can be which is a strength of mine and then working on my kicking, good hands, and skills. Running and kicking will be the main focus for me.”
The potential of the playing group and the culture at Coburg has impressed Silvestro who is thrilled to now be part of the Coburg community.
“I’m just really excited with the young group that’s here, and I’ve only heard positive things.
“Everyone I’ve spoken to that is involved with Coburg say it’s a really good group, and I think we’re heading in the right direction. I’m excited to help improve on last year and start to build back up again to be a finals contender.”
Coburg Senior Coach Andrew Sturgess is pleased to have Silvestro join the list, as his traits fit Coburg criteria.
“When we first met with Tom, you could tell that he possesses really good family values and leadership qualities that saw him a part of Richmond’s leadership group. He holds valuable experience at VFL level that he’ll be able to share with us to make us better both on and off the field.
“His characteristics on the field like being able to run and carry the ball, his tidy skills and decision making, particularly forward of centre, are things that appealed to us.”
Sturgess says Silvestro will become a pivotal part of the midfield group, while also supporting emerging talent.
“From a positional perspective, Tom is a balanced midfielder having the ability to play both inside and outside. He provides us with great flexibility to play him as a natural wing player if required or throwing him inside where we feel he will compliment guys like Jacob Ballard, Marcus Lentini, Luke Bunker, and Lochlan Dickson.
“We also expect Tom to play the role of mentoring and leading our younger, developing players at the club through role modelling good behaviours and taking them under his wing. We are super excited to have a person like Tom coming into our club and are grateful he chose Coburg to be his home.”
The club welcomes Tom and wishes him all the best in the red and the blue.
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Check out some of Tom’s highlights from 2019 here