Former Sydney and Hawthorn player Ben McGlynn has joined the Echuca Football Club for the remainder of the 2018 season.
It is unclear exactly how many games he will play, but the Echuca Murray Bombers believe he will be a major addition to the club.
Echuca recruiting team member Andrew Thomson said it was a long process to get Ben to the club.
‘‘We’ve been in discussions since December,’’ Thomson said.
‘‘Due to his role with St Kilda, a lot of those discussions have been around getting into line with his commitments, and thankfully that has worked out.”
McGlynn works for St Kilda as an assistant and development coach, a role he will continue.
McGlynn took the reins as coach of St Kilda’s AFLX side this season.
Echuca president Ash Byrne said McGlynn’s skills in development made him a perfect fit for the club.
‘‘Ben has great skills when it comes to teaching the guys on the field,” he said.
‘‘Adding that to his work as a player, we believe he will be a perfect fit to the group to work with an already very skilled list to help develop our playing group.”
McGlynn’s desire to join the club was partially motivated by close friend Andrew Walker.
‘‘He’s expressed to us an interest to play with Andrew, they have a really close relationship that goes back to their Bendigo Pioneers days,’’ Thomson said.
Thomson believes McGlynn will be a major addition to the club’s culture.
‘‘When you recruit anybody, you want to first make sure they are a good person and have good values,’’ he said.
‘‘Ben doesn’t just want to be a fly in, fly out player.
‘‘He wants to bring his family up when he plays; he wants to be around the club.
‘‘He asked a lot of good things about who we are as a club and it’s pretty clear to us that he has the kind of values that we want involved in the club.’’
McGlynn played 171 AFL games for 195 goals with Sydney and Hawthorn.
-By Andrew Johnston