SIMPSON’S midfield depth has continued to grow following the signing of Cobden young gun Michael Salmon.
Salmon, 19, returns to the Tigers where he started his career, before crossing to the Bombers in the Hampden Football League.
The former Geelong Falcon re-joins former Cobden teammates and new assistant coaches Tom Leishman and older brother Brad Salmon at Simpson.
Simpson coach Adam Courtney said he was rapt to sign the young midfielder-forward.
“It’s great to have him on board, I played with him last year at Cobden and he’s keen to learn and improve his footy,” he said.
“He’s a very talented footballer, he’s got great skills, he probably hasn’t played much in the midfield at Cobden so he’ll hopefully be able to improve his game with a bit more time in the midfield with us.”
Salmon played 46 senior games with Cobden in the past three seasons, and was a part of the Bombers’ 2012 losing grand final side.
“Mick went to Cobden when he was about 15, to improve his footy with a higher standard, he was a really talented junior,” Courtney said.
“He’s only 19 but he’s already played about 50 senior games in the Hampden league.”
Courtney said Salmon would be among a group of young Tigers who would rotate through the midfield and forward line, along with Brock Neal and 2014 recruits Jordan Briggs and Tom Spokes, who also returned from Cobden.
“We’ve got a lot of midfield depth and that will change every week,” Courtney said.
“There will be weeks when Mick will start in the middle, but he could also start up forward,” he said.
“We think he’ll be a great addition to our side until he decides to go back and test himself at a higher level.”