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Kyle suits Lions coach’s style

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November 16, 2017

Kyle Winter-Irving will play for Seymour next year. The forward finished back-to-back premiership seasons with Nagambie this year, and collected the AFL Victoria best-on-ground medal in the decider.

Seymour has lured a former Lion back to its den for next season.

Two-time Nagambie premiership player Kyle Winter-Irving has been announced as new coach Nick Jewell’s first major signing, returning to Kings Park after a previous stint in 2015.

The proceeding seasons have been more than good to the attacking weapon, snaring back-to-back flags with the Lakers and capping this year’s grand final with the AFL Victoria best-on-ground medal.

‘‘I’m very pleased to have Kyle back at the Lions,’’ Jewell said.

‘‘He’s a terrific kid and has already trained with us, he’s the type of forward I like in my system — very mobile and hits up at the ball carrier — so he’ll be pivotal for us.’’

Winter-Irving will help ease the pain of a number of departures from Seymour’s losing preliminary final team, including former playing coach Brent Colbert and various key cogs in Andrew Sturgess, Brandyn Grenfell, Hugh Robertson, Alex Hay, and Brent Ryan.

‘‘Every list has a turnover of players, but Kyle will be important in setting up our structures as a key position player after we’ve lost some big men,’’ Jewell said.

In more positive news this week, midfield ace Ben Clifton, reigning best-and-fairest winner Harry Wheeler and club stalwart Matt O’Keefe have recommitted to the Lions for another campaign, while Jake O’Brien has again nominated Seymour as his home club when not busy with Port Melbourne VFL commitments.

Jewell is far from finished adding to his freshly-acquired arsenal, but is happy with the feeling at training already from his crop of charges.

‘‘We had 40 blokes on the track for our first session and hopefully that will get up over 50 by the end of the week, I’m really pleased with the vibe and happy with the feeling around the place,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully we’ll have some more signing news by the end of the week or early next week.’’

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