KYM Eagleson. has some of the Hampden league’s “stickiest fingers”, but its his leadership is what South Warrnambool mentor Mat Buck values most.
The Mount Gambier-based utility has been deployed as a forward this season while the Roosters develop Isaac Thomas and Tanna Blackney-Noter as defenders.
He booted five majors in the Roosters’ narrow loss to Camperdown on Saturday, marking his attacking prowess.
“He’s a great mark but I really think his greatest strength is the leadership qualities he brings to our group,” Buck said.
“As he’s based in Mount Gambier, he’s one of our best leaders and we only see him on Saturdays.
“He’s one of the great people at the club and a great footy club man. He sat on the committee a few years back and he bleeds a bit of red and white.”
Buck said Eagleson would fill a role as a forward for the foreseeable future while Thomas and Blackney-Noter developed.
“He used to play forward at Sandford and kicked 100 goals (in a season) there,” he said.
“I think when Nigel Kol was coaching he shifted ‘Dozer’ to the back line, and I’ve kinda just kept him there. “I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen of him as a forward. He leads hard at the ball and can clunk a few marks.”
He sat on the committee a few years back and he bleeds a bit of red and white.Mat Buck