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Talented youngster joins West

December 11, 2023 1:50 pm in by
Former GWV Rebels big man Mac Scolluar (left) has signed with Geelong West. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Geelong West has boosted its big-man stocks with the signing of former GWV Rebel Mac Scoullar.

The Giants have secured the signature of the 200cm Scoullar, who is moving to Geelong to study.

“We had a connection through Gareth Drennan and a few other people from Deniliquin way who knew him and knew his family,” coach Greg Mellor said.

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“We’re rap to help support him with his transition to Geelong.”

Originally from Koondrook-Barham on the Murray River, Scoullar moved to Ballarat to attend Ballarat Clarendon College.

He made 13 appearances and kicked five goals for the Rebels this year while also making a senior appearance for Ballarat in the Ballarat League.

“He’ll play as a forward or a key-type … he can ruck as well with his height,” Mellor said-

“But, we’re looking at him as a key position player.”

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The addition of Scoullar follows the return of Lachie Taylor from two years in the WAFL.

Taylor, who finished 5th in Geelong West’s best-and-fairest as a 20-year-old in 2021, managed six senior appearances for South Fremantle and played 23 reserve-grade games.

Mellor says Taylor will provide the Giants with plenty of run on a wing.

“He knows how to play that wing role really well,” Mellor said.

“He would have learnt a lot his last two years playing in the WAFL, and we’re excited to have him back.

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“His speed. His tackle pressure – he understands that wing role really well. For me, he’s a natural winger.

“To develop him further, playing across half-back is an option, too.”

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Mellor also revealed the signing of Frazer Robb from Hampden League club Koroit.

Mid/forward Robb joins the Giants after 75 games with the Saints, where he was a member of their 2022 premiership team, having spent this year training at West Oval.

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Joel Fleeton has also returned after missing all of the 2023 season.

“He had a lot injury problems, Joel – concussions and structural injuries,” Mellor said.

“He always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“We expect him to play down in our backline and be a really good footballer for us.”

Like 2022, West is likely to have several players on VFL lists.

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Emmanuel Ajang and Noah Gribble will remain at Werribee; Jamieson Ballantyne has moved from Footscray to Geelong to join Tanner Lovell, Tanner Lewis and Kye Annand.

Phil Moi Moi, who was in Sandringham’s squad in 2023, is looking at a pre-season with Sydney’s VFL team.

Moi Moi is the partner of Swans AFLW best-and-fairest Laura Gardiner.

“Sydney is very keen for us to be his second club,” Mellor said.

“We’ll work through what that looks like.”

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Inverleigh premiership player Fin O’Keefe is training with the Giants but has yet to make a call on whether he will make the move to the GFNL.

“It would be a nice swap – (David) Peel for O’Keefe,” Mellor said with a smile.

Peel and Tannar Stone (Giants GDFNL) are the only confirmed departures.

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