RETIRED champion boxer Mitch Clark will return to football and his home club in the Horsham District football league next season.
Clark has signed with Harrow-Balmoral for 2020 after a near decade-long hiatus from the sport as he pursued professional boxing.
Clark said he was ready to enjoy social sport after an intense boxing career.
"I'm a little bit excited knowing that I'm going to play with a lot of my old footy team and my old mates that I played in the under-14s," he said.
"There's been a few big changes for my life after boxing - you've got a lot of time on your hands, so it's good to be able to relax and spend more time with family and friends."
Clark hoped some social sport and his four-month-old child would help fill in some of his newfound free time.
"You can enjoy a cold beer after work now which is pretty nice," Clark said.
"I said to the boys, to have a run around and have a bit of a kick should be pretty enjoyable.
"If I get the ball, it's probably a bit of a bonus."
Harrow-Balmoral coach Nick Pekin said Clark provided something a little different around the club.
"We had a couple of boxing sessions prior to Christmas which he ran for a bit of extra fitness. That was really good," Pekin said.
"He's a solid unit, hasn't played footy for a while but it's good to have another local come back."
In the departures column, Pekin said league superstar Eric Guthrie was yet to make a decision on whether he would play for the Southern Roos for another season.
Pekin said Guthrie was considering a move to Darwin with his partner, and would likely make a decision in the coming month.
Pekin also said 2019 reserves premiership players Lachlan and Bowes Kelly had departed the club to return closer to home in Caramut.
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