Retired Geelong champion Harry Taylor will make his return to football via WAFL club East Fremantle.
The veteran defenseman is going back to his roots, having played 49 games for East Fremantle before being selected by the Cats as a middle-aged rookie with Pick 17 in the 2007 AFL Draft.
Already joined East Fremantle in January to lead their Mid West Academy program, he has now signed a playing contract for the remainder of the 2021 season.
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Taylor told the East Fremantle club’s website he was excited to take back the pitch and help them climb the WAFL ranks.
â€œI’m really looking forward to going on the pitch with the boys. I am keen to help East Fremantle in their efforts to become a consistently competitive club in the WAFL, â€he said.
â€œAlthough I have worked in an off-court role, the ability to pass some of my learnings over my 13 years in the AFL into a more on-court capacity really excites me. I’m a competitive person and can’t wait to go back and play my part.
â€œThere is a lot of talent in key actions at East Fremantle, but unfortunately there have been a few injuries. I hope to be able to fill a void until the arrival of the cavalry.
Taylor played 280 AFL games for Geelong from 2008-2020 during one of his most successful eras, winning two prime minister positions and two Australian blazers during his career.
He played his last game in the Cats 2020 Grand Final loss to the Tigers.
Since his retirement, the 35-year-old has returned to Western Australia to play for Northampton in the Great Northern Football League, scoring 43 goals in eight games.