Having managed 13 of a possible 18 games in 2016, Ricky Schraven had somewhat of a breakout season. One of many former Calder Cannons who will be representing the club in 2017, Schraven’s better performances throughout the season were against the Northern Blues in round seven (19 possessions), and back-to-back wins over Werribee in round twelve (16 possessions, 2 goals and 5 tackles), and Footscray (18 possessions and a goal).
Young key position player George Romios is another to sign on for 2017. Considered a project player at the club, George only managed 8 games in the Development League, however has won the respect of his teammates and coaches at the club with his willingness to learn alongside his attitude and work ethic, as shown by attending every session held this preseason. George has only played Australian Rules Football since 2013 (having come from a high level junior Tennis background) and is seen as a long term prospect for the club. Another former Cannon, he was often used as a key defender or backup ruckman in 2016.
Cameron McRorie has also recommitted for 2017. McRorie arrived at the club for the 2016 season having spent most of 2015 with his local club Rupertswood, managing 46 goals from 10 matches while listed with the Cannons. Managing two early season games in the Development League, Cameron showed some promise early with a three goal display, however suffered a broken leg upon return to local football and would miss the remainder of the season. Returning for preseason, Cameron has attended every session held- highlighting his determination, enthusiasm and commitment to make up for the lost time from season 2016.
List & Recruiting Manager Sebastian Spagnuolo was pleased to have the three players return for 2017.
“Ricky will be in his third year at the club in 2017 and he’ll be looking to add to his senior game tally, Spagnuolo said.”
“We know Ricky can become a damaging player for us and we’ll be helping him take his game to another level.”
“George is still a very raw talent but we saw enough in his first year to suggest that with further development, he may become a pretty handy player with his height and agility.”
“2017 will be another developmental year for George but his appetite for continual learning should hold him in great stead,” said Spagnuolo.
“Cam’s 2016 was a write off due to a pretty serious lower leg injury. His preseason has been excellent and he’s deserved the opportunity to be re-listed in 2017.”
“We’re hoping we’ll be able to see much more of Cam this season in a small forward role, and we believe he can have an impact when given that opportunity,” said Spagnuolo.
The re-contracting of these youngsters are crucial to the club moving forward. Stay tuned as we are hopeful of announcing more signings as we finalize our 2017 list.