Seymour legend Saad Saad’s enigmatic career has taken another bizarre turn.
The high-flying forward has signed with Central Murray Football League club Mallee Eagles in a stunning coup.
Saad, who booted more than 900 goals for the Lions in the Goulburn Valley League, has been lured to the Lalbert-based club to play alongside his nephews Zak and Walid.
After retiring from Seymour during the middle of this year, Saad was expected to play with great mate and fellow Lions premiership hero Paul Scanlon at Pines on the Peninsula.
However, Mallee Eagles recruiting officer Roger Bett confirmed Saad had committed for next year, with the option of a second season.
‘‘He’s not really tall, but if you view his highlights on YouTube, you’ll certainly see why we are excited,’’ Bett told The Guardian.
‘‘He was a bit of an icon where he was playing and hopefully he can be a bit of the same here.
‘‘A few of the guys from Broadford, they played with us last year, and they’ve seen him play, so they are definitely excited and the whole group around it, too.
‘‘When you get somebody like that, who has obviously got the runs on the board, it creates a bit of a buzz around the place.
‘‘We can chuck him up at full-forward and he hopefully takes some screamers, kicks a few goals for us and it should be pretty exciting for the league too.’’
Bett added the family connection proved decisive in gaining Saad’s services.
‘‘His two nephews in Zak and Walid Saad play for the club, and they have always wanted to play together,’’ he said.
‘‘One of his nephews came with me to come and talk to him, and he was a lovely fella.’’
Saad’s arrival is a major boost for the Eagles, who will be looking to soar to greater heights next season having bowed out of the finals series in straight sets this year.