Why­man joins Roos

Deni Rovers sign ex-AFL player for 2019 sea­son

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT - By JAMIE LOWE

The Deni Rovers have wasted no time in bol­ster­ing their list with exAFL player Djaran Why­man sign­ing on for the 2019 Pi­cola & Dis­trict League sea­son.

The for­mer North Mel­bourne listed player will be back in the blue and white guernsey af­ter a two-year stint with Rum­balara in the Mur­ray League.

While only man­ag­ing three games at AFL level, Why­man brings plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence to the side, hav­ing also pre­vi­ously played in the VFL and SANFL

Rovers coach Josh Bode said Why­man will be join­ing the club as a play­ing as­sis­tant coach.

‘‘Djaran brings a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence to the side and is a very strong com­mu­ni­ca­tor,’’ he said.

‘‘He’ll be a great as­set to the side with his on field lead­er­ship.

‘‘We’ll look to play him for­ward, where he has played the ma­jor­ity of his ca­reer.

‘‘He’s 35 now but he still has a few years left in him to play well at our level.’’

The Roos will also wel­come back two fa­mil­iar faces with speed­ster Rhys McCul­loch and young ruck­man Josh Flight also com­mit­ting to play in 2019.

McCul­loch missed the 2018 sea­son as he was away trav­el­ling over­seas, while Flight spent the year play­ing for Wakool in the Golden Rivers League.

With ruck­man Adam Bodey set to miss the 2019 sea­son and speed­ster David Smith play­ing for Ard­mona in the Goul­burn Val­ley League, Bode be­lieves Flight and McCul­loch will be the per­fect re­place­ments.

‘‘Adam will be trav­el­ling over­seas next year so we’re very happy to have Flighty back at the club,’’ he said.

‘‘Flighty will share the ruck du­ties with James Kirby and we’ll have Rhys come back in to add some run through the mid­dle of the ground.

‘‘We’ve tried to tar­get lo­cals with both Flighty and Rhys play­ing se­nior and ju­nior footy with the Rovers in the past.

‘‘They join last year’s re­cruits James Gil­li­gan, Alex and Joe Hay, Dy­lan East and Pete Lewis as play­ers who have pre­vi­ously played for the club.

‘‘We’ll also have Gilly (Gil­li­gan) and Alex (Hay) step­ping up to help out over pre-sea­son to run train­ing ses­sions.’’

The Roos will be a se­ri­ous con­tender next year, also an­nounc­ing the re-sign­ing of the ma­jor­ity of their 2018 play­ing list, with Bodey and Smith the only two play­ers set to miss.

‘‘We brought in blokes like Dy­lan and Nathan Kerr, Des Morgan and Ricki Wa­ters last year and they have all fit right in at our club,’’ Bode said.

‘‘Last year we had 12 changes to the side but this year there are only three.

‘‘We’ll have to play a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently but ev­ery­one knows how each other plays, so that should hope­fully re­flect on the footy field this sea­son.’’

The Rovers will start their pre­sea­son at Me­mo­rial Park on Fri­day De­cem­ber 14.

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