Brew and Augerinos back for 2019

Werribee has locked away two more of its playing group for 2019 with the re-signing of Dom Brew and Max Augerinos.

The new deals will see both midfielders into a third season at Avalon Airport Oval.

A product of Ovens & Murray Football League side North Albury, Brew has played 23 VFL games since debuting as 23rd player in round nine of the 2017 season.

In that short space of time, the 21-year-old has already established himself as one of the league's top tacklers.

His 149 tackles at almost 11 per game this year placed him second in the competition and included an incredible haul of 20 tackles in the wet against Collingwood in round 14.

Augerinos, also 21, is a player Werribee will be looking forward to seeing a lot more of next year, having been restricted to 12 senior games in his two years at the club.

The 2016 Geelong Falcons best and fairest runner-up had been enjoying a stellar maiden VFL campaign in 2017 when he was cruelly struck down in round 10 by a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, a repeat of the injury he suffered almost three years earlier as a star of the TAC Cup competition.

After travelling a long and arduous road to recovery, he made an inspired return for Werribee against Frankston in round 12 this year, which saw him kick a memorable goal as part of his side's 83-point win.

However, he played just two more games for the year, ultimately returning to assist local side St Mary’s in its Geelong Football League finals campaign with the view of stepping back up to the VFL ranks next year.

Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said it was pleasing for the club to secure two more of its talented young players and backed both Brew and Augerinos to rise to another level in 2019.

“Dom is a hard inside player and brings a very good defensive aspect to our midfield,” said Balloch.

“Tackling is one of his real strengths, but I think he’s still got some development in his game in getting more of the footy, and that will certainly be helped by the opportunity work with [new playing assistant coach] Mick Barlow, who’s been in the AFL system.

“Coming back from his ACL this year, Max played some really good finals footy with St Mary’s and got some continuity back into his game, and he certainly harbours desires to continue to improve and again be a regular fixture for us for 2019.

“He’s someone who can flip into the midfield and also push forward to put some results on the scoreboard for us, so if he can bring the form he did in 2017, it’ll be pretty exciting.”

WERRIBEE 2019 SIGNINGS

Max Augerinos
Michael Barlow
Dom Brew
Nick Coughlan
Matt Hanson

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