Werribee has given its ruck stocks a handy boost by securing former North Ballarat ruckman Nick Nott for season 2018.
Nott, 22, joins Werribee for its first season as a standalone outfit in 19 years on the back of a promising maiden VFL campaign with the Roosters, which saw him play seven games – including a standout performance against his new side at Mars Stadium in round six – before having his season cut short with a knee injury.
The 197cm, 96kg big man said he was looking forward to another opportunity at the VFL level after a tumultuous 2017, which ultimately ended with the Roosters having their state-league licence terminated.
“I’m really excited,” said Nott.
“[Last year] was my first year of VFL, which was awesome to be a part of, but it was a bit of an up-and-down year for the club and me personally.
“That obviously put a dampener on things, so I’m just really excited to be up and about and finally running again and getting back into it.”
Recruited by North Ballarat from Geelong Football League outfit St Albans, Nott has aligned himself with his former junior club Geelong Amateur for season 2018 and said the advice of Ammos playing coach and Werribee alumnus Jarrod Young was a key factor in convincing him to sign on at Avalon Airport Oval.
“I heard great things from [Jarrod], who used to play here,” Nott said.
“He said it’s one of the best clubs he’s ever been a part of, so it was a no-brainer, really. I’m happy to be part of the system again and really keen to play VFL again."
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said Nott had the potential to play an important role for the club as it looks to build its key-position stocks in its return to standalone status.
“Nick held down a ruck spot against us and put in a really good performance against Braydon Preuss, which is where he really came onto the scene,” said Balloch.
“He struggled a bit with injury in the back half of the year but is now looking to continue to further himself at VFL level.
“Big blokes are something we haven’t had a lot of as part of our own team, so it’s exciting to have Nick as part of our program for 2018 and have someone who can step in and take over from where the North Melbourne-listed players have left a bit of a void.”
Nott follows former teammate and mercurial small forward Andrew Hooper as the second ex-Rooster to join Werribee in the off-season and is the 28th player to officially be announced by the club for its 2018 playing list.
Werribee players officially announced for 2018
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