Eagles in tug of war

December 05, 2017

Mansfield could have some quality recruits at its disposal for the next Goulburn Valley League season.

The Eagles are looking to land Corowa-Rutherglen best-and-fairest winner Brent Rose and fellow Kangaroos star James Lawton.

However, the thing getting in Mansfield’s way is the pair is contracted at Corowa-Rutherglen for next year.

Mansfield coach Cameron Hotton said a connection with Eagles ace Jamie Sheahan opened the door for Rose and Lawton to come to the club.

Lawton has told Corowa-Rutherglen he has work opportunities near Mansfield and believed it would be impossible for him to commit to the Roos.

‘‘James (Lawton) went to school with Jamie (Sheahan) and James has done a bit of work over here, so they’ve caught up a couple of times of late,’’ Hotton told the Border Mail.

‘‘We’ve chatted to him and he’s discussing with Corowa about coming to us.

‘‘We’re certainly keen and we’d love him to come and play and reignite that friendship with Jamie.

‘‘If all things turn out at his end and he’s able to get a clearance from Corowa, we’re more than happy to have them both.

‘‘I think he’s very excited for the job prospect and we said ‘if you’re keen and it all comes to fruition we’ll definitely have you playing’.’’

Another potential star has had his clearance to Mansfield denied.

Metropolitan gun Dean Carswell had lodged a transfer to the Eagles after being captain of Eastern Football League club Lilydale last season.

Carswell has been at Lilydale since 2011 and been an integral member of the team in a strong competition.

There was better news for Mansfield in securing Healesville jet Ashraf Davies, with his clearance approved.

Davies comes with an impressive resume from the AFL Yarra Ranges, starting at the club in 2014 and regularly playing a key role in the team.

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