Subiaco have secured the services of former Fremantle Rookie Hamish Shepheard; who has opted to play for the Lions in 2016.
Shepheard, 25, was hot property in the off-season with interest from West Perth and Peel but the ex-Docker had his sights' set on Subiaco.
“I had ties with Greg Broughton from Fremantle and Adam Cockie from Sandringham and they both spoke very highly of the club.
“It’s a strong, professional club that prides themselves on culture and that’s important.
“There was speculation to who I was going to play for but to be honest; I had already made up my mind. Other clubs were calling but I was already set on Subiaco and I’m very happy with my choice. “ Said Shepheard
The key position player had a host of reasons to continue his career at Subiaco and his uncle Alan Shepheard was one of them.
“My uncle played in the 1973 Subiaco Premiership team as a full-back so it’s nice to continue family ties,
“When the rumours we’re circulating that I was going to West Perth he actually called me and told me I wouldn’t be allowed for Christmas if I signed with the Falcons, so that pretty much stamped that out.” Said Shepheard
Hamish Shepheard played for the Augusta Margaret River Hawks in 2015.
Shepheard has been training with Subiaco for the last week and has fit in nicely amongst the senior squad.
“I’ve settled in really comfortably, I’ve felt a part of the club since the first session with the boys,
“Schoey and the coaching staff have been elaborating on what role I could be playing in 2016 and I’m excited for the challenge.”
Shepheard’s versatility and work ethic will be incredibly valuable for a Lions outfit lacking height following the departures of Frank Stockley and Sam Grimley.
“Last year for Sandringham I played anywhere from the midfield, backline and as a key forward. I also don’t mind pinch-hitting in the ruck; so I will help the team wherever I’m needed.” Said Shepheard
The 196cm tall has played 41 league games for the Royals and was on the Fremantle Dockers Rookie list from 2009-2011.