Burgess departs Saints
MYRTLEFORD will be without star midfielder/forward Christian Burgess in 2019 after the dynamo signed with Eastern Football League club Vermont last week.
Burgess has played 67 games for the Saints since debuting in 2014, booting 104 goals including 47 in 2016 as he helped propel the club to a droughtbreaking finals campaign.
He was arguably the best player in the competition that year as his stunning form saw him win the Border Mail’s player of the year and finish third in the Morris Medal.
Myrtleford coach, Jake Sharp, said the talented Burgess would certainly be missed.
“Christian has been open with me pretty much since the end of the season so I knew he was up in the air...we have been aware of it and tried to recruit around that,” he said.
“He’s a really high calibre player but in saying that it’s now another spot that one of our really good youth can come in and take.”
Burgess, who will have his third stint at playing football in Melbourne after previous seasons at VFL clubs Williamstown and Coburg, cited travel as the main reason for his departure.
“I love the club and all the boys, it was the toughest footy decision I’ve made but after five years travel I decided to have a year in Melbourne,” he said yesterday.
“I have no doubt that I’ll be back playing at Myrtleford again particularly while Jake is in charge.”
Burgess had a testing 2018 season, never fully recovering from a pre-season shoulder injury and missing six games.
Burgess’ new coach, Harmit Singh, who is also an academy manager at Essendon, said in a social media post he couldn’t be more excited to welcome Burgess to Vermont.
“He is one of the most impressive individuals I’ve met in my football career...we can’t wait to see him in the mighty blue and gold,” he added.
Myrtleford commenced training on Monday night with strong numbers attending both at McNamara Reserve for local based footballers and Gosch’s Paddock for the Melbourne contingent.
ON THE WAY OUT: Christian Burgess in action for Myrtleford this season. He will play for Vermont in 2019.