Werribee has given its key-position stocks a significant boost with the signing of former Geelong AFL-listed swingman Timm House.
The 23-year-old has been living on his family farm in the remote West Australian town of Gnowangerup since departing Kardinia Park in September, but he will return to Victoria in the New Year to begin official duties at Avalon Airport Oval after this week committing to the “big W” for 2019.
House said he had been disappointed to not receive a new contract from the Cats but was now eager to begin the next phase of his career with Werribee.
“There have been some mixed feelings, but I’m now quite excited about next year and looking forward to playing some more VFL footy at Werribee,” House said.
“I quite enjoy the level of professionalism in the VFL, so I thought I may as well keep playing the highest level of footy I can for as long as I can and take the opportunity.”
House spent three seasons in the Geelong system for a total of 44 VFL games and 26 goals.
He joined the Cats’ VFL program in 2016 from Geelong Football League side Newtown & Chilwell, impressing enough in his first year to be added to the AFL list with pick 68 at the 2016 draft.
Although unable to get an AFL opportunity over the following two seasons, he continued to make a big impact at state-league level, a more permanent move to the backline this year producing a career-best season that saw him finish in his side’s best seven times.
At 194cm and 95kg, he looms as an ideal replacement for reigning Bruce Montgomery Trophy winner Sam Collins, whose outstanding 2018 season in defence saw him snapped up by the Gold Coast Suns.
House said the parallels between his story and that of Collins, who was delisted by Fremantle before joining Werribee in late 2017, were a source of hope as he looked towards next year.
“[Sam’s] is a very similar story to mine. I’m not sure if it will have the same outcome, but there’s certainly the potential,” House said.
“It’s something I will think about throughout the year, and hopefully I can follow a similar path to Sam.”
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said a key-defensive post was the most likely fit for House but that the club could look to utilise him as a key forward at times as well.
“Timm played the majority of last year with Geelong as a defender, so with us losing Sam, he provides us with another cog for our defensive wheel,” Balloch said.
“He’s got the ability to play at both ends of the ground, though, so he also gives us some flexibility in that we can throw him forward at times as well.”
WERRIBEE 2019 SIGNINGS