2019 Signings & Recruits
PATRICK LEVICKI –
The West Adelaide Football Club would like to welcome another new recruit, Patrick Levicki. The 26 year old, 196cm former Norwood defender has played 51 SANFL league games and will add valuable experience to our young list.
Levicki will strengthen our defence, being a strong intercept marker and one on one defender with elite running capacity.
2015 and 2016 were standout seasons for Levicki and he has impressed the coaching department being one of Norwoods best players against us on numerous occasions. Senior Coach Gavin Colville is excited to have a player of his capabilities join the West Adelaide Football Club.
JADE CLEELAND –
The West Adelaide Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of 23 year old Jade Cleeland for season 2019. Jade has played for Werribee in the VFL having originally come from the Wangaratta Magpies.
Being able to play as a key forward and in the ruck, Jade will provide the side with the flexibility and scoring ability we require to play finals in 2019.
Senior coach Gavin Colville has said, “We have been working hard on getting Jade to WAFC after meeting with him at the end of 2017. He is not only a great player but he has many of the personal characteristics we look for in our players.”
Jade is a plumber by trade and looking forward to his move to West Adelaide Football Club
CHRIS SCHMIDT –
2015 Premiership Captain and Jack Oatey Medallist, Chris Schmidt will be returning to play for West Adelaide Football Club in 2019.
Senior coach Gavin Colville has said ‘We certainly look forward to having Chris playing again. The year away from state league football has enabled his body to recover to a level where we feel very confident he can impact either as a midfielder or as a half-back.’
‘Importantly Chris brings a professional presence both on and off the field. He will be actively involved as a mentor for some of our younger players.’
There is a sense of returning home having spent most of his footballing life at the club he loves. He said ‘Having a year off footy at SANFL level really helped refresh me physically and mentally, and I can’t wait to get out there again with the boys. There is a great feeling around the club at the moment, and my gut feel is we are ready to take the next step and play some finals footy again’
Chris has played 132 games for West Adelaide as well as 18 games for the Adelaide Crows and two for the Brisbane Lions. His experience and leadership is something we are very excited about having back at West Adelaide.
Midfielder Will Snelling says he’s returning to Richmond with a ”different way of looking at League footy” after spending the past three years with AFL club Port Adelaide.
Insisting he’s not a recruit but a happy homecomer, Snelling will begin his second stint with the Bloods with a much more mature outlook than the one applied while earning a 2015 premiership medallion.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the consistent ball magnet is now armed with the ability to play a variety of roles, including half-forward, as an attacking midfielder and also as a tagger.
Welcome home Will
The West Adelaide Football Club is thrilled to announce a major signing for season 2019. Former Hawthorn and Box Hill player, Dallas Willsmore will don the red and black after he signed a two year deal late Tuesday night. The 23 year old who reaches 191 cm, played two games for Hawthorn in 2017 and was also a member of Box Hill’s premiership side this year in the VFL.
Willsmore possesses an elite kick and skills who has played predominately across half back in the past few years.
Senior coach Gavin Colville said, “Dallas will become an important addition to our league side and with his strong running capacity we see him filling multiple roles, including across half back and wing. His experience in the AFL system will be extremely beneficial to our current group of players and we are excited to see how he develops at our club.”
Welcome to Westies Dallas!
|Jack Agostino||Jack has established himself as a consistent league player having passed the 50 game milestone this year at only 20 years of age. His high regard within the playing group is highlighted by his inclusion in the leadership group as its youngest member.|
|Logan Hill||Logan will play on into his 12th year at the club, a terrific achievement after being originally recruited from Coburg in 2008. A 100 game and premiership player, he is also a member of our leadership group.|
|Kaine Stevens||Kaine Stevens, back to back Neil Kerley Medalist. The midfielder won the 2018 count even after a two match suspension at the start of the year. His toughness around the ball, his speed and skill are everything you would want in a midfielder.|
|Aaron Anderson||Aaron had a breakout year last year after overcoming an ACL injury to finish 6th in the 2018 Best & Fairest.|
|Nathan Batley||Nathan has cemented himself in the league side after coming across from the Eagles two years ago. Nathan provides us with plenty of speed on the wing and is a mature campaigner.|
|Dustin Head||It was great to see Head add to his league games tally this year, he is a much loved and respected figure of the club. We look forward to him adding more games next season.|
|Ken Karpany||Continues with the club in the second year of a two year contract|
|Tom Keough||Continues with the club in the second year of a two year contract|
|John Noble||Continues with the club in the second year of a two year contract|
|Josh Schiller||Continues with the club in the second year of a two year contract|
|Jono Beech||Continues with the club in the second year of a two year contract|
|Mason Middleton||Regarded by many astute judges to be the best mark in the SANFL, it is great to have the man mountain, Mason Middleton sign on for 2019. He also became a very reliable shot on goal, kicking 30.8 and winning the leading goalkicking award for this year.|
|Josh Ryan||Josh Ryan had a breakthrough year in 2018 winning the Most Improved Player award. Unassuming in his approach, he is a reliable competitor locking down one of our key defensive posts. We are looking at Josh taking his game to another level again in 2019.|
|Kyle Kirk||Continues with the club in the second year of a two year contract|
|Elliot Dunkin||2018 Reserves Best & Fairest Runner Up, Elliot looks to break into the league side in 2019|
|Matt Eastman||Matt Eastman will wear the red & black in 2019.|
|Jack Evans||Jack Evans will wear the red & black in 2019.|
|Patrick Fairlie||2018 Reserves Best & Fairest winner, Patrick looks to break into the league side in 2019|
|Hugh Haysman||Premiership player Hugh Haysman looks to re-join the league side after sitting out much of 2018 with a wrist injury.|
|Jonty Inglis||Jonty Inglis will wear the red & black in 2019.|
|Keelan Laube||After his 2018 League debut, Keelan looks to add to his league game tally in 2019.|
|Tom Lynch||Tom Lynch will wear the red & black in 2019.|
|Chol Majok||Chol Majok will wear the red & black in 2019.|
|Nigel Osborn||Nigel Osborn will wear the red & black in 2019.|
|Connor Noonan||After his 2018 League debut, Connor looks to add to his league game tally in 2019.|
|Tom Pillion||Tom Pillion will wear the red & black in 2019.|
|Murray Waite||Murray Waite will wear the red & black in 2019.|
|Lyndon Hupfeld||After his 2018 League debut, Lyndon looks to add to his league game tally in 2019.|
|Gibson Turner||Gibson Turner will remain in red and black in 2019.|
|Andre Parrella||The 2018 best first year player - Andre Parrella will also remain at Westies in 2019. Parrella has slotted into our league as our main ruck. We are looking forward to him improving his skills next year.|
|Errin Wasley-Black||2015 premiership player Errin Wasley-Black will be playing on in 2019.|
|Zac Bates||Zac Bates will play on for Westies in 2019 after a fantastic 2018 season. We saw many bursts of brilliance from Zac which was unfortunately hindered with some shoulder problems throughout the year. Zac has had a shoulder reconstruction and will be under a restricted pre-season program. We expect him to be back playing for round 1.|
2019 Departing Players
|Chris Burgess||Chris has accepted a 4 year deal with the Gold Coast Suns. We wish Chris all the best in his AFL career.|
|Jason Porplyzia||Jason announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season. Jason remains at WAFC in his role as Talent Manager.|
|Daniel Webb||Daniel announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season. We wish him all the best.|
|Izak Rankine||Izak was recently drafted to the Gold Coast Suns as pick number 3 in the AFL draft. We wish Izak all the best in his AFL career|
|Jake Wilson||Jake has decided to return home to Portland where he will play for the Portland Tigers in 2019. He will be returning as a player and assistant coach and would like to finish his career where he played his junior football.|
We thank Jake for his efforts with the club over the two years and wish him all the best in the future.