The Glenelg Football Club is excited to announce the arrival of several key high priority recruits for the 2021 season: Sam Durdin, Lachie Hosie and Toby Pink.
Durdin was drafted to North Melbourne with pick 16 in the 2014 AFL draft and played 21 AFL games. He stands at 198cm and is very athletic. He is a strong overhead mark who has played mainly as a key defender. He shows composure with the ball and uses the ball well. Sam is from East Murray/West Adelaide FC.
Hosie, who was leading the SANFL goal kicking in 2019 prior to getting picked up in the mid-season draft, returns home after a short stint at North Melbourne. He brings great energy to the playing group and we are extremely pleased to have him return. Whilst there is some hope he may continue his AFL dream in the upcoming draft, Lachie will play with the Tigers in 2021 if this opportunity doesn’t arise. Lachie and Sam were both teammates at the Kangaroos.
Pink returns to Glenelg after spending three seasons on the Sydney Swans rookie list. Toby is 22 years old and 194cm and has the flexibility to play at both ends of the ground, although he has played most of his 41 NEAFL games as a forward.
The Club’s list management philosophy is to always prioritise bringing our delisted AFL players back home to continue and/or finish their playing career and support their transition into a post AFL career. Hosie and Pink join a long list of recent players such as Billy Stretch, Matt Allen, Cory Gregson and Jackson Edwards that have welcomed the opportunity to come back into a strong footy program and culture.
Disappointingly for our Tigers fans, Bryce Gibbs has advised the Club that he has elected not to return home to play at Glenelg in 2021. The Club did everything possible within our financial limitations to offer him a role that included playing and coaching development opportunities, however he has decided to pursue his post AFL career elsewhere.
We welcome Sam, Lachie and Toby to the Glenelg Football Club and look forward to them having an immediate impact.