The Rams' new signings build midfield and forward depth

FRESH FACES: Natimuk United's new signing Jaydon Stiles, coach Sam Anson, club president Adam Blake and new assistant coach Garry Hallam. Picture: Sean Wales
FRESH FACES: Natimuk United's new signing Jaydon Stiles, coach Sam Anson, club president Adam Blake and new assistant coach Garry Hallam. Picture: Sean Wales

NATIMUK United has announced the signings of three new players to strengthen their list ahead of the 2018 Horsham District Football Netball League season. 

Experienced midfielder Garry Hallam has signed with the Rams from Grovedale Football Club in the Geelong Football League. 

Hallam will join Natimuk United in an assistant coach and playing role. 

Natimuk United coach Sam Anson said Hallam would work closely with him to get his plans across.

“He is a midfielder and a back-flanker,” he said.

Anson is looking forward to having Hallam’s experience around the club, and expects him to fill a number of roles within the team. 

“He is a very experienced player and has won multiple best and fairest awards and premierships. He brings a lot of knowledge for us.”

Jaydon Stiles has also signed with Natimuk United for the 2018 season. Stiles has most recently played for St Kilda City in Melbourne and has also played with Vermont Football Club in the highly respected Eastern Football League in Melbourne.

“He is a younger player who has played at a lot of levels. He is a good quality player and will probably play midfield and forward for us,” Anson said.

Midfielder Jack Ford will also be rejoining the Rams.

Ford signed with Natimuk United last season before injuring his ACL in a practice game and missing the entire season with injury.

“I signed (Jack Ford) to play for us last year but he did his ACL so he didn’t play. He moved back to Queensland but he is moving back here to play for Natimuk,” Anson said.

Ford has been involved with the North East Australian Football League in Queensland and will bring versatility to Natimuk United next season. 

“He will be a midfielder. He is about six-foot, a good strong size, so he will definitely add a lot of pace and skill. He has a lot of polish.” Anson said.

Anson said the new players all provide needed depth and skill to the side’s midfield.

“The midfield was probably our weakest link last year,” he said.

“We didn’t focus on it enough at training, so we will definitely be doing a lot of midfield work this year and in the preseason.”

Anson believes the Rams’ list is in a healthy position heading into preseason, which starts on November 20.

He said it was pleasing to see that the side had not lost any players from last season.

“We have kept everyone on board, which is really rare,” he said. Anson said he was open to signing more players before the 2018 season.

“We still have a couple of players on the radar, but the list we have now is definitely an improvement on last year and is shaping up nicely,” he said.