FORMER Edenhope-Apsley player Taylor Mulraney will complete pre-season training with Geelong’s Victorian Football League side.
Mulraney leaves Hampden Football Netball League powerhouse Koroit – he played five seasons with the club, winning a senior flag in each season.
Mulraney has also signed on with Geelong Football League side South Barwon as his feeder club, should he be successful in earning a spot on Geelong’s list.
He said he was excited for the chance to test himself at a higher level next season.
“I’ll be doing the full pre-season with Geelong in the VFL and trialling with them,” he said.
“You need a feeder club so I’ve chosen South Barwon as my club of choice.
“I’m very excited for it. I need to put my best foot forward and hopefully I can make the squad, I just need to try my hardest. I’ll be playing at a higher standard and that was the main reason for the decision to leave Koroit.”
NEW RECRUIT |— South Barwon FNC (@SouthBarwonFNC) November 2, 2018
The club is excited to announce Taylor Mulraney is a Swan for 2019!
The 24-year old midfielder arrives from Koroit in the @HampdenFNL after his Fifth senior flag and being invited down by @GeelongVFL for pre-season. Welcome Taylor!#goswans 🔴⚪️🔵 pic.twitter.com/5DEWR4ElCV
The 25-year-old is a plumber by trade and will move down to Geelong in a couple of weeks for work.
Pre-season training with Geelong starts later this month on November 26.
“I have a mate Sam Dobson who played in the VFL and I told him I wanted to have a crack at playing in the league,” Mulraney said.
“I asked him and my coach if they knew anyone and they put my name forward. Geelong then gave me a phone call to invite me to come down and try out.
“I’m 25 now so now is the time to do it.”
The midfielder expects the pre-season training to be at a high level but is confident his time at Koroit has put him in a good place ahead of the challenge.
“They will be testing everyone and fitness will be the main goal,” he said.
“There will be harder sessions and the intensity and the skill level will be exciting. I’ve been doing a fair bit of running since the season finished.
“Everyone at Koroit trained twice a week and a lot of guys were doing up to four nights all up with their personal programs.”
After five seasons and five premierships, Mulraney said it would be tough to leave Koroit. He played a big role in the side.
“Everyone was there for the same reasons, there were no individuals at the club,” he said. “I had an unreal time and they were a great bunch of blokes that were really welcoming.
“It was the best five years of my life. It will be sad leaving the boys and they were very good mates and we were nearly family.”