JUST a few months after announcing his retirement, former Gawler Central superboot Brad Mercer has confirmed he’ll be pulling on the boots once again – however, it won’t be with the Tigers.
Mercer was approached by Moonta Football Club, the Yorke Peninsula Football League reigning premiers, in the off-season and agreed to a deal.
“I’ve signed with (Moonta) and, if I get the urge to play with them, I can – I’m not looking at playing the full year,” Mercer said.
The champion goal-kicker, who slotted 100 goals for the Tigers on three occasions since moving from Port Adelaide in 2013, sighted injury and a young family as his decision to retire.
Mercer said those same reasons, coupled with the urge to find work on the Yorke Peninsula, is what made the move to Moonta so convenient.
“I’m just spending time at home, (wife Danni and I) have had a new addition,” he said.
The Mercers welcomed baby girl Indie Lee to the family recently, a sister to their two-and-a-half-year-old son, Kyden.
Mercer, who won three Barossa, Light & Gawler leading goal-kicker awards, two club best and fairest awards, and played in Gawler Central’s 2014 premiership, said he looks back on his time at the Tigers fondly.
“I enjoyed my time there, I just thought it was time to part ways,” he said.
“The club was always really good to me.”
The 28-year-old will join journeyman, and former Tigers’ team-mate, Craig Taylor at the Demons and said he looks forward to a successful year with his new club.
“Hopefully, I can play a few games, qualify for finals and, hopefully, we can win a flag – (Moonta) won it last year,” he said.