Jarrod Kayler-Tompson enters the Lions den
- Monday, 05 November 2012
SUBIACO have snared former AFL-listed player Jarrod Kayler-Thomson from Perth in a bid to add extra class to their midfield.
Kayler-Thomson spent one season on Hawthorn’s list after he was taken at pick 29 in the 2009 Rookie draft and played three games in the 2010 season averaging 18 possessions per game.
The 188cm and 89kg midfielder had suffered the disappointment of missing out in previous drafts in five seasons for Perth between 2005 and 2009 where he amassed 88 League games and one state match.
Kayler-Thomson was delisted by the Hawks after his lone AFL season and returned to the Demons in the WAFL where he played 18 games in 2011, but could only manage two in 2012 due to a shoulder injury.
The Geelong Falcons product played one season in country Victorian football in 2004 for Mansfield, where he played in a premiership with current Lions midfielder Brett Mahoney, before he was recruited by Perth.
Kayler-Thomson said it was the right time in his career to make a move.
“I’ve been at Perth for seven years and loved my time there and met some wicked people, but yeah it was just one of those things,” he said.
“It was time for a change and I’m really happy to be here at Subi, it’s a really proud and successful club. Just looking forward to getting into it now.
“The fact (Subiaco) has a really young list, and you mix that in with some older players and recruits and I think they can get back up there pretty quickly.
“Especially with a new coach in Jarrad Schofield, he’s really enthusiastic, which a new coach has to be and I think with a young list you have to be really enthusiastic and patient at the same time.”
Jarrad Schofield said Kayler-Thomson met the club's aim of recruiting the right people to build a successful culture.
“He is a quality footballer that still has a lot of footy ahead of him,” Schofield said.
“He’s experienced, played over 100 WAFL games, been in the AFL system, and he has that versatility in the midfield.
“He can play obviously outside, he’s got a very good kick on him and he’s a very good size to go inside as well.”
“I think there is a lot of upside to a player like Jarrod Kayler-Thomson.”