Young star returns
- Thursday, 09 October 2014
Subiaco’s premiership winning forward line already has another asset on the way with talented youngster Michael Wood re-joining the football club.
Wood was rookie drafted by the Fremantle Dockers last year but was surprisingly de-listed after showing glimpses of brilliance at Peel Thunder in 2014.
The 20-year-old forward makes his return to a humming Leederville Oval and Football Operations Manager Luke Sanders couldn’t be happier.
“Were definitely excited to have Michael back. It’s a disappointing situation with Woody being de-listed by the Fremantle Dockers but it’s a huge acquisition for the Subiaco Football Club.” Said Sanders
Wood gained invaluable experience with the finals bound Dockers last year and Sanders believes the AFL system will have the young gun primed for the 2015 season.
“I think his experience in an AFL system will definitely add to the group and as player his ability as a tall marking forward is excellent. We saw a bit of that ability in 2013 before he was drafted, so it’s great to have him back,
“He played a bit of his football on the wings for Peel this year so Schoey could use him across the midfield as a tall winger or utilise him as a tall half-forward flanker.” Said Sanders
Wood training for the Fremantle Dockers in 2014 Photo: FFC
The Lions boasted the league’s best forward line in 2014 with three sharp shooters Matt Boland (53), Shane Yarran (34) and George Hampson (34) all finding themselves in the top ten goal-kickers.
A star studded forward line awaits Wood but his role should become clearer after the NAB AFL draft. Subiaco has two forwards in the November’s draft with Joshua Deluca and Shane Yarran both heavily favoured to find AFL clubs.
“Michael Wood has proven he can perform at league level so he’ll be given every opportunity we can offer.” Said Sanders
And despite a momentary dent in Wood's AFL aspirations, Luke Sanders believes the youngster is solely focused on playing solid football in 2015 for the Subiaco Lions.
“Being in the AFL system for a year holds Woody in good stead to find himself on another list down the track but right now his focus is on playing good football for the Subiaco Football Club and to be a part of the success going forward.” Added Sanders
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