Key big men Dolphins first new signings

The Frankston Dolphins are delighted to announce Mt Eliza stars Michael Lourey and Scott Simpson have committed to the club for the 2013 season.

Simpson spent two injury-interrupted years at AFL club Geelong in 2008 and 2009, before signing with the Casey Scorpions in 2010.

This past season Simpson, 195cm, led his local club Mt Eliza to the MPNFL Grand Final, starring in the ruck as they lost a thriller to Frankston YCW.

“Scotty is just a workhouse who had a bad run with injuries at Geelong, so he has a massive upside, he’s only 22,” Dolphins coach Simon Goosey said.

“He’s got a huge appetite for work and that’s probably he’s biggest asset. He’s one we can play at centre half-forward, centre half-back or pinch-hit in the ruck.”

Lourey burst onto the VFL scene as an 18-year-old in 2008, kicking over 40 goals and leading the club’s goal-kicking in their much-publicised finals campaign that year.

After then-coach Brett Lovett’s retirement, the 193cm Lourey fell out of favour and departed for Sandringham in 2010, but Goosey is delighted to have him back.

“Michael’s been playing VFL for five years, but he’s only 22 and he still has a lot of upside,” he said.

“As a key forward you start coming into your own at 24 or 25. He has kicked almost 50 goals in a year in the VFL so we are expecting big things.”

Goosey pointed to the pair’s quick decision as another indicator the club is making big strides in the right direction.

“The beauty of those two is they didn’t hesitate, they want to play at Frankston. Three years ago it was like asking players to move to Tasmania, now young players really want to play here.”

Another major double announcement is expected early next week.


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