Werribee has netted itself another high-profile interstate recruit with the signing of former Gold Coast defender Max Spencer.
The 21-year-old will continue his career in the “big W” after two seasons and eight AFL games with the Suns, following hot on the heels of former Adelaide midfielder Jackson Edwards and Sydney Swans Academy graduate Ryan Hebron in making the pilgrimage to Avalon Airport Oval.
Spencer said he was excited by the prospect of a new challenge away from his native Queensland and the chance to again play alongside former Suns teammate and current Werribee playing midfield coach Michael Barlow.
“It’s good to have another opportunity to further my game and get outside of my comfort zone here at Werribee,” Spencer said.
“Mick had a big influence on me up at the Gold Coast, so I’m looking forward to learning a bit more from him.
“Living at home your whole life and playing under the same colours your whole life, you can get a bit comfortable, so I’ve come down here looking to play against AFL-ready bodies, and hopefully I can improve pretty rapidly.”
A born-and-bred Gold Coaster, Spencer played his junior football with Palm Beach Currumbin and was a member of the Suns Academy from a young age.
He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Suns’ NEAFL side and was then taken by the club as a pre-rookie draft selection in late 2016.
While his AFL opportunities were limited, he has played 47 NEAFL games across four seasons, in which he has regularly featured among the Suns’ best for his contributions down back.
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said Spencer’s time in the AFL system would be invaluable to his new club.
“We’re thrilled to have a player like Max come into our system and bring some sound AFL experience into our squad,” said Balloch.
“At the same time, as a 21-year-old, he should continue to grow within our program, and we hope we can give him another opportunity to get on an AFL list.”