Back in Tigers’ lair

Tigers wel­come new re­cruit, re­turn­ing son

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Kenji Sato

Once a tiger, al­ways a tiger.

Co­bram’s Cadeyn Wil­liams is on his way home to Co­bram Foot­ball Club.

The 23-year-old will re­turn to his boy­hood club af­ter two years play­ing for Rich­mond in the AFL and a stint with the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL.

Wil­liams plans to bring his ex­pe­ri­ence from the elite level back to Co­bram, where he played all his ju­nior foot­ball.

‘‘I can of­fer a wealth of knowl­edge and lead­er­ship,’’ he said.

‘‘I think it’ll be good to help nur­ture the tal­ent of some of the younger guys com­ing through the un­der­17s and under-14s.

‘‘They’ve got some ex­cit­ing young kids com­ing through and it would be a great chance for my per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and lead­er­ship.’’

Mov­ing back home was a per­sonal de­ci­sion for Wil­liams, who had not seen many of his friends and fam­ily in years.

‘‘Liv­ing in Mel­bourne, I haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity to see Mum and Dad as much as I would like,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s the main rea­son for the move back home — that and get­ting to play with friends I haven’t played with in a long time.’’

An­other star to sign with the Tigers is Jack Wilson, who played the ma­jor­ity of his foot­ball at Redan Foot­ball Club in the Bal­larat Foot­ball League.

The mid­fielder, 24, will travel from his home in Gee­long to play for Co­bram each week.

‘‘There is plenty of tal­ent at Co­bram and I want to have a se­ri­ous crack,’’ he said.

‘‘I hope I can con­trib­ute each week. I want to give back to the club and re­ward them for giv­ing me this op­por­tu­nity.’’

Wilson has friends at the club and de­cided he wanted to join them and take footy more se­ri­ously.

‘‘It’s tough com­ing to a new club, es­pe­cially af­ter so long at Redan,’’ he said.

‘‘But hav­ing friends at Co­bram will help. I think I will make a solid tran­si­tion into the club.’’

Wilson said he was look­ing for­ward to start­ing a new pre-sea­son with a new club.

‘‘I’ve had a quick chat with the club’s se­nior coach Josh Noo­nan and it all sounded very pos­i­tive,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve heard great things about him and the club from peo­ple I know there and the pre-sea­son plan is look­ing strong.’’

Back where it all be­gan: Cadeyn Wil­liams will re­turn to Co­bram Foot­ball Club next sea­son.

New sign­ing: Jack Wilson is on his way to Tiger­land next sea­son.

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