Tatyoon Signs AFL Triple Premiership Player
The Tatyoon Football Netball Club has confirmed Geelong triple premiership star Joel Corey will play in Saturday’s crucial clash against Lismore-Derrinallum.
Corey will make his highly-anticipated debut with the Hawks in front of a home crowd at Tatyoon.
Tatyoon senior coach Adrian Pilgrim said the news has created plenty of excitement around the club and the Mininera and District Football League.
“We are really excited to have him play for us,” Pilgrim said.
“Just having him on the ground with his leadership and instruction will be pretty invaluable I would have thought.
“And it’s obviously going to be great for everyone around the club and also the league.
“We are mindful of being able to help lift the profile of both the club and league.”
For most of the season there has been talk of the former Cats star donning the brown and gold, though due to coaching commitments it has not happened.
Pilgrim said he was stoked to find out on Friday that Corey had confirmed he would play.
“It was probably in the pipeline all year, but then we signed him just before clearances closed,” The Hawks coach explained.
“We signed him with the idea that we might be able to get him in for two or three games or there abouts, just depending on his commitments with the Western Bulldogs and VFL side as well.
“Unfortunately things didn’t quite pan out with a few games earlier in the season.
“But we were fortunate enough with this one that the Bulldogs were playing Friday night and I think the VFL team has the bye this week meaning he is available to play for us.”
Any week is a good week to have an AFL triple premiership star make play for the club, though Corey’s inclusion could be the difference in Saturday’s clash with the first-placed Demons.
Though the Hawks coach said the reigning premier was not expecting the world of Corey.
“They are a quality side and playing for top spot and we are trying to play for the double chance as well.
“We need to make sure we don’t just rely on Joel and he hasn’t played for a couple of years either, so we don’t have any super expectations.
“We just want him to come out and have a kick and enjoy it. Then hopefully we can get a few more games out of him and with finals or even with next year if he is keen to come back.”