GEELONG WEST-St Peters football officials say they hope to use season 2015 to prepare Colac export Dylan Hodge to play at a higher level.
The 18-year-old former Colac Tiger, who was on the radar of AFL clubs last season, has signed with the Roosters for their Geelong Football League campaign.
Hodge has spent recent years battling injury while playing school football with Geelong Grammar and the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup.
“There’s no doubt he’s got a lot of ability, it’s just about managing his injury and we feel we’ve got the facilities to make sure he gets the most out of this season,” Roosters football manager Nick Faull said.
“He’s a terrific young person, he’s got built-in leadership qualities even at the age he is,” he said.
“We’re not sure how long we’ll have Dylan because we want him to fulfil his destiny and play the highest level of football he can in the future.”
The Geelong Falcons had offered Hodge an extra season in the TAC Cup as an overage player but Faull said Hodge had committed fully with the Roosters.
Hodge had involvement with Geelong West-St Peters netball president Bruce Waldron and former senior football coach Darrell Fenton during his time at Geelong Gramar.