ANGASTON has welcomed back former A-grade player James Lawton to the club after a stint with Corowa Rutherglen in the Ovens & Murray Football League.
The key forward played for the Panthers in 2013 and 2014, during which time he was suspended for five games for striking Gawler Central utility Corey Solly, taking him to within one match of the life ban threshold of 16 games.
Lawton then breached the threshold playing for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in the Riverina Football League, after departing the Barossa, Light & Gawler Football Association, but successfully
appealed the decision, meaning his onematch buffer still stands.
Regardless of the past infringements, Angaston A-grade coach Paul Sherwood said Lawton is a different player from four years ago.
“He’s fully aware of where it (his tally) is,” he said.
“He’s a more mature player these days, a few things happen and we all make mistakes.
“He seems to have matured, he has a few kids and he’s in a good head space.”
The Panthers’ mentor said the star goalkicker will be a welcome addition to a group that has been ravaged by injuries recently.
“I’m going on what I’ve heard – he’s had a stint at Glenelg and Central District, and played two years at Angaston,” Sherwood said.
“He’s no stranger to us or the comp, he’s a key forward.
“He can play, he hasn’t played for a few weeks for reasons, but he’s no stranger to us.”
Unfortunately, for Angaston, off-season recruit Blade Tuohy has also lodged a clearance to return to the Kangaroo Island Football League, but Sherwood is optimistic of keeping him.
“He’s been working weekends so he’s been unable to play, and maybe some of that work is going over that way,” Sherwood said.
“We’re hopeful that he will be playing for us.”