Owls swoop on six recruits

ANGLE Vale has signed six new players ahead of the 2018 Adelaide Plains football season as it strives for a maiden A-grade finals berth.
Jye Bailey and Jason Nuske have joined from Para Hills, Dylan McIver has signed from Gumeracha, Trent Payne has come across from Willaston, while Ricky Keen and David Boulton will return to football after a year off.
New Owls coach Mick Kilsby said Bailey will play across half-back, while Nuske will add experience.
“They’re good mates with Dylan McIver, they all know each other already so the dynamics are already there,” he said.
“McIver is an in-and-under player, he’ll find his own footy and has good leadership skills.”
Payne played four A-grade and five reserves games at the Donnybrooks before joining Angle Vale.
“Trent’s going to be a great leader for the club, he’s a good full-forward target and has a great set of hands,” Kilsby said.
Keen and Boulton both last played footy for Eastern Park in 2016, and Kilsby is eager to see what they can do.
“They’re both great players and have great skills,” he said.
Additionally, the Owls have also resigned a large number of stars.
“Micky Gollan, Daniel Weetra, Scott Burgess, Cam and Sean Maher, and our best and fairest, Issy Blumson, have all resigned with us for the year,” Kilsby said.
Weetra – last season’s leading Angle Vale goal-kicker with 26 majors – had planned to re-sign with his former club, Salisbury North, but has done a back-flip to stay with the Owls.
Angle Vale finished seventh last year with three wins, all against wooden spoon side Hamley Bridge, but Kilsby is confident that his team will improve in 2018.
“We plan on winning more games than last year, but the team and club goal is to try and play finals footy,” he said.
“I think it’s ‘underestimate us at your own peril’; it would be silly for other clubs to underestimate us.
“Fitness is a huge factor, we’re training hard and commitment is a major key for us this year.
“All the lads are trusting the process.”
Angle Vale will kick off its season by hosting Damien Herzick’s Virginia on April 21.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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