Josh back at Magpie Park
IT'S a case of welcome home for Montmorency recruit Josh Slattery (pictured below left).
Slattery, who made a name for himself as an impressive defender for the club in 2008, is back
wearing NFL black and white colours after stints at West Australian Football League club East
Fremantle and in Victorian country football with Mulwala.
Slattery left Victoria to head west to East Fremantle with his mate and former Collingwood player
Mark McGough in 2010.
Mont coach Ben Haynes says the Melbourne-based electrician opted for Mont rather than the
country in a bid to cut long weekly travel times. "He enjoyed his time at Mont and was always
coming back,'' he says.
Haynes adds that the popular Slattery will be a welcome addition to Mont's backline given his great
athletism and experience.
"He is a key back who has spent the last few years playing in country Victoria,'' he says. "He gives us
more flexibility and will allow other players like Alex Potter, who is 6'2'' (188cm), to play further up
Haynes says Slattery, who is 31, is still super fit.
"He is very lean and athletic, and has not missed a beat all summer during pre-season training.''
Other Mont recruits include another player with WAFL (Perth) and WA country football (Upper
Great Southern Football League) experience in midfielder Matthew Hunt. Former Mont juniors
Connor Dalgleish and Jackson Jones have also signed on for season 2017.
Haynes describes Hunt (pictured below right) as "a midfielder who is very hard-nosed''.
"He can also play half-back,'' he says. "He is in his mid 20s and is going to be very good for us.
He will be up with the top echelon in the league.''
The Mont coach adds that Dalgleish is returning to Mont after 12 months at VFL club Coburg where
he played "development level'' football. " He is 6'2'' or 6'3'' and a really good athletic type''.
"Jackson Jones is another kid who has come from the Northern Knights,'' Haynes says. "He played
a handful of games for us last year. In three to five years time they (the young recruits) are going to
be really dominant types. The other kids who are coming through give us great depth.''
Haynes says the club has retained the bulk of its playing list for the coming season.
"Our continuity over the last two years has been really strong. Whereas in the past we may have lost
several players over the off-season this year we are only losing two. Our A-graders are aged 24 to 25
and then we have real wave coming through of 19 to 20-year-olds who will make the grade and
become good contributors in the years to come.''
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