Werribee has added another dose of VFL ruck experience to its list by securing former Geelong VFL big man Jack Berry for season 2018.
The 22-year-old has signed on at Avalon Airport Oval after a spending year on the Cats’ VFL Development List, following hot on the heels of fellow ruckman and ex-North Ballarat Rooster Nick Nott in joining Werribee for its first campaign as a standalone VFL club in 19 years.
The 198cm Berry showed plenty of promise in his three games with Geelong, his potential best highlighted by a 46-hitout effort on debut against Coburg in round 11 that placed him second in the competition.
Away from the VFL, he continued to impress with Geelong Football League side Leopold, the club where he played a key role in orchestrating premiership success in 2016.
Berry said he was excited to join Werribee as the club prepares to go it alone and move into its new training and administration facility.
“It’s a good opportunity down here, and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“The facility is definitely enticing, and the standalone aspect is very exciting.
“It’s a new beginning, and you can kind of put your own stamp on things.”
Berry joins 2017 Geelong teammates Joel Bennett and Ben Moloney in making the move to Werribee this year and is the latest in a string of Geelong Falcons TAC Cup graduates to find their way to the club.
The former Irrewarra-Beeac and Colac junior said the opportunity to re-kindle those old connections added to the appeal of his new home.
“Playing GFL and at Geelong, there are a lot of boys I know here through both of those systems, so it’s nice,” Berry said.
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch welcomed Berry into the fold and said it was pleasing the club was able to provide the up-and-coming ruckman with an opportunity through its move to go standalone.
“Jack has had some VFL experience and played in the AFL Victoria Young Guns game last year, so he’s a developing prospect,” said Balloch.
“We’ve relied heavily on North Melbourne-listed players like Braydon Preuss and Majak Daw, so hopefully Jack is going to get some good opportunities to develop at the level and work with ruck coach Brad Julier to hone his craft across the year.”
Werribee players officially announced for 2018
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