Woodville-West Torrens has scored a recruiting coup, with three Port Adelaide players crossing Port Road for the 2018 Macca’s League season.
Strong-bodied midfielder Louis Sharrad, clever goalsneak Tom Gray and consistent defender Nathan Rudloff will all play varying roles for Eagles coach Michael Godden next season.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Sharrad said he was excited to play more regularly in the Macca’s League after managing 54 games since making his debut in 2012.
Originally from Flinders Park Football Club, the 24-year-old said the transition to Oval Avenue would be made easier given his friendship with emerging Eagles defender Joe Sinor.
The 2017 Reserves Magarey Medallist said he was also looking forward to continuing his career alongside Gray and Rudloff, who are also seeking more opportunity.
Gray, the younger brother of Power star Sam Gray, averages just under a goal a game and can also push up into the centre square to add depth to the Eagles’ midfield rotation.
Tea Tree Gully product Rudloff has been a steady influence in defence, having the ability to play on small and medium-sized forwards since making his debut in 2016.
The Eagles have also welcomed back fan favourite Vinnie Rugolo, who has been appointed as Reserves and Development coach for 2018.
Rugolo, who played 81 Macca’s League games and booted 105 goals for the Eagles between 2003 and 2007, has been playing and coaching for Goolwa/Port Elliot in the Great Southern Football League.
Macca’s League debut: Round 8, 2012
Macca’s League games: 54
Macca’s League goals: 19
Macca’s League debut: Round 13, 2015
Macca’s League games: 30
Macca’s League goals: 22
Macca’s League debut: Round 3, 2016
Macca’s League games: 18
Macca’s League goals: 1
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