Werribee has secured another famous South Australian name for 2019 with the signing of former Adelaide rookie-lister Jackson Edwards.
Edwards, the son of Crows 300-gamer and dual premiership player Tyson, officially committed to the club this week, having made the move east last month in a bid to continue his football career in Victoria after one year in the AFL system.
The 19-year-old has known senior coach Mark Williams since his early junior days and said the opportunity to work under the Port Adelaide AFL premiership coach at the redeveloped Avalon Airport Oval was a key factor in his decision.
“I think Werribee has the best people in place to help me get back to the top level, especially in ‘Choco’ Williams,” Edwards said.
“He coached me a little in primary school, so I’ve got that relationship, and he’s had some really good success with AFL players at GWS and Richmond.
“I just think the elite facilities and high-performance coaches here are going to help me take the next step.”
Only the second father-son selection in Adelaide history, Edwards was taken by the Crows with pick 41 at the 2017 rookie draft.
He was unable to secure an AFL debut but played 14 games with Adelaide’s SANFL side this year to go with his four senior games with Glenelg in 2017.
As an inside midfielder, he has earned plaudits for his ability to win the ball, make good decisions in heavy traffic, and deliver with precision on his left foot.
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said Edwards’ willingness to extend himself beyond his comfort zone to progress as a footballer was impressive.
“Anyone who’s prepared to pack up their life at 19 and move away from their family and support network to pursue something they want has a high level of determination,” Balloch said.
“Jackson has shown that initiative to challenge himself and has picked our club as a standalone VFL side as the place to give him more opportunities.
“There’s obviously a connection there with him and Mark, and we’re really glad he sees this as the best place for him to try to have another crack at AFL footy.”
WERRIBEE 2019 SIGNINGS