Young guns Bailey Thompson and Ben Reddick have both re-signed for the Lions ahead of the 2021 VFL and East Coast tier 2 competition.
Thompson was recruited at the end of the 2019 season from Bundoora, following a standout season which saw him win Bundoora’s best and fairest in the Northern Football League competition. He became the Bulls’ first player to win it while still eligible for under 18 selection, beating the likes of Coburg legend Daniel Venditti for the award.
A hard running winger, Thompson moves well and boasts good endurance and speed for his size, which makes him suited to playing on the half back flank.
Senior Coach Andrew Sturgess is looking forward to seeing how Thompson goes in season 2021.
“We are stoked to have Bailey back on board in 2021. He has a real drive to improve, asks lots of questions and for a young guy who hasn’t played a lot of pathway football as a junior, he has great maturity and understanding of the traits required to succeed at VFL level and we believe he will do so in due time,” said Sturgess.
“You can expect to see him dashing down the wing as a run and carry player with similar physical attributes to that of Issac Smith. He is a great runner that works hard with and without the ball.”
Reddick was recruited to Coburg after graduating from the Calder Cannons in 2018, and was one of many Lions to impress in 2019.
The Strathmore junior made his debut in round nine, 2019 against Sandringham and impressed with 13 possessions and five tackles, and held his spot for another four games.
He spent the majority of 2019 with local club Strathmore managing 13 games and one goal, his best performance coming in the preliminary final against Aberfeldie where they fell agonisingly short.
Senior Coach Sturgess is looking forward to seeing Reddick develop further in 2021.
“Benny will come back entering his third season as a Coburg player and we are really excited to see his growth yet again. Coming into his second pre season last year, he was one of the top improvers from a physical aspect and really stood out over pre season before what was to be the 2020 season. He is really hungry to make more strides forward in his development and we know he is capable of doing so,” Sturgess said.
“You can expect to see Benny playing a combination of half forward and wing, using his pace, agility and tenacious pressure when around the contest.”
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 https://coburgfc.com.au/membership-2021-2/ to purchase your 2021 Coburg FC Membership today.