Scott Carlin and Aiden Domic are side by side once more, this time at Werribee.
The pair, who wore the number three and four guernseys respectively in their 2017 TAC Cup campaign with the Greater Western Victoria Rebels, have re-united by both signing on at Avalon Airport Oval for next year.
The 2019 season will officially be Carlin’s first in the VFL, though he already has some valuable experience in the “big W” to draw on.
The 18-year-old Terang-Mortlake product got a taste of the state league as Werribee’s 23rd player in its final-round home victory against North Melbourne this year and didn’t waste the opportunity, booting two goals in an impressive performance up forward.
It followed a strong 2018 season with the Rebels spent primarily down back and on the wing, for which he took out the club’s Players’ Award.
“Scott came in as 23rd player last year and showed he’s got some real scope to be able to develop his footy, so we’re delighted that he’s looking to develop here within our program,” Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said.
“He’s a confident footballer and hence was able to have an impact when he did play at senior level off the back of his year with the Rebels, so we’ll now look at all the areas where there’s scope for improvement while allowing him to continue to do the things he does well.”
Domic is also no stranger to the VFL system, having been part of the Geelong VFL program this year.
While he missed out on an opportunity with the Cats, his strong season with local Geelong Football League side Bell Park saw him rewarded with selection to the AFL Victoria Young Guns series, during which he lined up alongside fellow Rebels export and now Werribee teammate Keegan Gray.
Originally from Mount Clear, 19-year-old Domic began his elite football journey through AFL Victoria’s indigenous player pathway, beginning with the Kickstart program and progressing through to the Laguntas program and Flying Boomerangs representative team.
He went on to finish second in the Rebels’ best and fairest in 2017, averaging 21 possessions across his 18 games as a hard-running midfielder with exceptional endurance.
“Aiden relocated himself to Geelong last year and spent some time with Geelong in the VFL but was bereft of opportunities there, so we’re really pleased he sees us providing an opportunity for him to develop his football and continue to improve,” Balloch said.
“He’s done really well with some of our endurance testing and has got the ability to run all day, so no doubt he’ll also have the chance to put his hand up for 23rd player selection.”
WERRIBEE 2019 SIGNINGS