Reign­ing best, fairest re­turns to Redeyes

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Blighty’s premier­ship stocks will be boosted with the re­turn to the club of reign­ing best and fairest win­ner Josh Peers.

Af­ter signing with Bar­nawartha Foot­ball Club at the start of the year, the skill­ful on­baller has made the de­ci­sion to re­turn to Blighty af­ter mov­ing to Mel­bourne.

Peers said he will aim for a re­turn against the Deni Rovers in round 10 of the Picola League sea­son.

‘‘I didn’t want to leave Blighty but my work in Al­bury had play­ing with Bar­nawartha in the Tal­lan­gatta League as part of the deal,’’ he said.

‘‘Now I’ve found work in Mel­bourne I’m all clear to come back.

‘‘I’ll travel with Tom Dowl­ing (who’s also based in Mel­bourne) to play.’’

The 24 year-old has yet to play a game since early March af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury in a pre-sea­son game.

Af­ter ini­tial fears the in­jury could be sea­son end­ing, Peers said it feels good to go.

‘‘I’ve been do­ing plenty of run­ning re­cently and the knee feels okay,’’ he said.

‘‘I missed out on play­ing in the fi­nals with Blighty last year due to in­jury so there’s a bit of un­fin­ished busi­ness for me.

‘‘The club is in a great po­si­tion and in a good spot to ac­tu­ally win the flag.

‘‘Plus I have all of my mates who play for the Redeyes so that was an­other rea­son I was keen to come back.’’

The Redeyes have the bye this week and are cur­rently sec­ond on the lad­der, fol­low­ing their first loss of the sea­son to Picola by two goals.

With news that speedy mid­fielder Tom Druitt’s an­kle in­jury has ended his sea­son Blighty as­sis­tant coach Jack Tyn­dall says Peers will be a wel­come re­place­ment.

‘‘Los­ing Tom was a mas­sive blow for us so we’re ex­cited to have Peersy on board,’’ he said.

‘‘He’ll add even more depth to our mid­field and give us that ex­tra con­fi­dence that we can beat Picola next time we play them.

‘‘We’re also hop­ing to have the Plat­t­fuss boys (Drew and Jake) play­ing again by round 10.

‘‘Jake was the joint win­ner of the best and fairest with Peersy last year so to have both of them back is huge.

‘‘I rate Drew as the best ruck­man in the league, so things are look­ing up for us,’’ Tyn­dall said.

Blighty’s next game will be against Yar­roweyah on Satur­day, with the Redeyes ex­pected to win com­fort­ably.

Matthew Ever­ing­ham (left) tries to drib­ble the ball passed An­gus Bourchier on Satur­day.

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