Family ties lure Jahd Anderson to Cobden for 2017 Hampden league season

JAHD Anderson grew up in Cobden.

FAMILY TIES: Cobden recruit Jahd Anderson (second from left) with brother Jia, 15, sister Sarsha, 16, and brother Tarj, 17. Picture: Justine McCullagh-Beasy

FAMILY TIES: Cobden recruit Jahd Anderson (second from left) with brother Jia, 15, sister Sarsha, 16, and brother Tarj, 17. Picture: Justine McCullagh-Beasy

Now 23, he is preparing to play his first senior football game for the town’s Hampden league club.

The Geelong-based Anderson signed with the Bombers on Wednesday night after stints at Camperdown, Geelong West-St Peters and Ocean Grove.

Anderson, whose teenage brothers Tarj and Jia and sister Sarsha play for the Bombers, said family ties lured him home.

“I got rookie listed to Werribee’s VFL list. Rookie listed is pretty much emergency, so it will be a good year to come back down and hopefully play with my brother (Tarj),” he said.

“I will get to see family a lot more. When footy season comes around and I’m in Geelong, I never get home.

“My Pop’s not well at the moment and he lives over in Camperdown (so it will be good to get back more).”

Anderson has found a niche in the back line but expects to play a midfield role for the Bombers.

“I am a bit nervous. Hopefully it (the league) hasn’t changed too much,” he said.

A Cobden connection helped Anderson link up with Werribee.

“Wayne Walsh coached Ocean Grove. We didn’t make finals last year and Werribee were short for numbers so he put my name in and I think I played two development games with them,” Anderson said.

“Then they put me on for a pre-season.

“Being rookie listed, it’s hit-and-miss how many games I’ll be playing.”