MATESHIP is behind former Allansford captain Justin Fedley's decision to ply his trade for Warrnambool and District league rival South Rovers.
The talented midfielder has been unveiled as the Lions' second signing of the summer, joining spearhead Tim Ryan at the Walter Oval-based club.
Fedley has been a key cog in Allansford's system for the past five seasons and skippered the Cats for the past four. He's expected to resume his career through the Lions' midfield.
"I think it's pretty common knowledge most of my really good mates are playing footy up at Rovers," he told The Standard.
There's a lot of us in that 24 to 28 bracket. It's pretty exciting.- Justin Fedley
"I'm good mates with a lot of the boys. I have former housemates up there and I spend the majority of my time with the boys playing there.
"It'll be good to link back up with them. I haven't played on the same side as them since school footy."
Fedley said Rovers' list was ideally positioned with many of its players entering the prime of their careers.
"There's a lot of us in that 24 to 28 bracket. It's pretty exciting," he said.
"They've been there or thereabouts for a while in that sort of fifth and sixth spot and I think there's a lot of upside there."
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He said his stint as a young captain at Allansford had helped him grow as a player.
"It was pretty daunting initially. I'm still only 24 now and it does force you to grow up pretty quickly," Fedley said.
"We had that exodus out there but we still had some pretty great mentors hanging around, the Membreys and others. They were great and really helped me.
"It's certainly hard to find that fine line between being a leader and being mates with everyone and having a good time. I never missed out on that but there has to be a time where you get your head on."
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