Bar­low signs with Gold Coast

FORMER FREO MID­FIELDER ‘EX­CITED’

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

FORMER Fre­man­tle mid­fielder Michael Bar­low has a new home.

Bar­low, who played 126 games with the Dock­ers, will land at the Gold Coast as a delisted free agent.

In a state­ment from the Suns, Bar­low said he was ex­cited to ex­tend his ca­reer with an­other club.

“There’s a real ex­cite­ment around the group speak­ing to guys like David Swal­low and Michael Ris­chitelli,” he said.

“They can’t speak highly enough of where this club’s go­ing and the dy­nam­ics of it in­ter­nally.

“There’s per­cep­tion but then there’s re­al­ity and I take what Ris­chitelli, (Matt) Rosa and all that tell me on face value and can’t wait to crack in and get to work as early as November 21 and en­joy be­ing a Queens­lan­der for at least the next two years.”

The 28-year-old played 13 games in 2016, av­er­ag­ing 25 dis­pos­als and a goal ev­ery other game.

His best game was against Port Ade­laide in round 13 when he gath­ered 43 dis­pos­als and kicked two goals.

His last game for the Dock­ers was in a loss against Gee­long in round 17.

Bar­low joins Pearce Han­ley, Jar­rod Witts and Jar­ryd Lyons who have joined the Suns fol­low­ing the 2016 sea­son.

Fre­man­tle ruck­man Zac Clarke has agreed to a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

The 26-year-old was out of con­tract but the new deal ties him to the club un­til at least the end of the 2017 sea­son.

“Be­ing over­seas pushed (con­tract talks) back a bit longer, but I’ve been here for a while now so it’s re­ally good to add an­other year,” he said.

Clarke came to the club via the 2008 draft and has played 101 games for the club.

He played 13 AFL games in 2016, col­lect­ing 249 hit-outs, and also fea­tured in Peel Thun­der’s maiden premier­ship.

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