Blighty bolsters list with Blood

November 03, 2017

Dane Maxwell in action for Tocumwal earlier this year. Photo courtesy Helen Barker.

Blighty has boosted their Picola League premiership stocks with Tocumwal key position player Dane Maxwell joining the Redeyes for the 2018 season.

The 28 year-old signed on to join the Redeyes last week after spending the last three years at the Bloods.

Blighty just missed out on a grand final appearance this year, going down to Strathmerton in the preliminary final by five points.

Maxwell said the Redeyes’ chances of winning a premiership was just one of the reasons he joined the club.

‘‘They dangled the carrot of a premiership and I’ve got a fair few mates out there,’’ he said.

‘‘Jack Tyndall (Blighty coach) has been speaking to me for a while over the past couple of years trying to get me to Blighty and I decided the time was right. It’ll be a good change of scenery for me as well.’’

The former Bloods coach will also add a wealth of experience to the side, saying he would help Tyndall wherever he can.

‘‘I’ve been in the same position as Jack in trying to learn the ropes of coaching,’’ he said.

‘‘Like him I was also an assistant coach under Daniel Kirchen (at Tocumwal), who was a fantastic mentor.

‘‘Kirch helped me a fair bit and I know he put a lot of work into Jack as well.’’

Tyndall said he was excited to have Maxwell on board for 2018.

With Brayden Hall most likely missing next year due to a knee injury, the Blighty coach said Maxwell will slot straight into a defensive role.

‘‘We were a little short height wise so Dane was on the top of our list when looking for recruits,’’ Tyndall said.

‘‘He can help in the ruck, play forward and go down back and have a huge impact.’’

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