Warrnambool seeks clearances for South Rovers' Paulin brothers

REIGNING premier Warrnambool is poised to add some young talent to its quality playing list.

The Blues are seeking clearances for highly-skilled brothers Will and John Paulin from Warrnambool and District league neighbour South Rovers.

The pair has trained strongly with Warrnambool throughout the pre-season.

Coach Scott Carter said the Blues were excited about the brothers joining the club.

“I think they are both capable of playing senior football,” he said.

“By all reports they were two of the better young players in the District league. Myself and “Rowy” (skipper Jason Rowan) spoke to them and they were keen to come across and test themselves at a higher level.”

Carter said Will was a developing key position player, while John was a quick midfielder. 

John, the younger of the brothers, is in the running to be part of the North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup program.

“We think John and Will will add some pace to our side,” Carter said. 

“I think we looked quicker than Koroit and North Warrnambool Eagles in the last two games of last season. It was something a couple of years ago that was our Achilles heel.” The Blues are also preparing to welcome back 2011 under 18 premiership captain and club best and fairest winner Michael Threlfall, who had joined his father Shane who coached Terang Mortlake last season.

In other clearance developments, gun VFL midfielder Nick Couch is seeking to make Terang Mortlake his home club, opening the possibility of him playing with the Bloods in 2014. 

Coach Matthew Irving said Couch, a North Ballarat Roosters-listed player, was seeking a clearance from Redan to the Bloods.

Couch’s priority is with the Roosters, but with the VFL side no longer having reserves, there is a strong chance he could play with the Bloods as he steps up his recovery from a knee reconstruction before returning to the higher level.

“He is still contracted to the North Ballarat Roosters and he might play a handful of games throughout the year with us,” Irving said.

He said the Bloods knew there were no guarantees but felt it was important Couch’s link with his home club was maintained.

Meanwhile, Camperdown midfielder Kahn Beckett is on the move after just one season with the Magpies, seeking a switch to Colac in the Geelong league, while former top 10 draft pick Luke Molan is returning to Melbourne. 

He is looking to play with amateur club Williamstown CYMS.

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