Reigning best, fairest returns to Redeyes
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.