BIRREGURRA AFL export Lachie Henderson will re-join former teammate Patrick Dangerfield at Geelong next year after the Cats landed the key-position player this week.
Geelong traded its first-round selection in the 2016 draft to Carlton in exchange for Henderson, who is currently in New York while travelling.
The 25-year-old had nominated Geelong as his club of choice after requesting a trade from the Blues in August.
Wednesday’s signing continued a busy off-season for the Cats, who landed star Adelaide midfielder Dangerfield and West Coast vice-captain Scott Selwood on Monday.
Brisbane selected Henderson with the eighth pick before Adelaide chose Dangerfield with pick 10.
“Paddy and Lachie started at the Falcons together and were involved at the Australian Institute of Sport together, and now it looks like they’ll finish their careers together so it’s pretty special,” Henderson’s mother Vonnie said.
“They were both drafted in 2007, Lachie went at number eight and Paddy went at number 10, but Paddy stayed in Victoria for another year to finish school,” she said.
“I think they were good mates, Lachie’s certainly got a lot of friendships in Geelong.”
Henderson spent six years boarding at Geelong College for school and Vonnie said he still had a lot of mates in the area.
He played 15 games at Brisbane in his first two years at the club before the Lions dealt him to Carlton as part of the Brendan Fevola trade.
Henderson played 102 games for the Blues, having averaged 11.5 disposals, 5.3 marks, and just under a goal a game for his career, playing both up forward and in defence.
Mrs Henderson said the opportunity to get out of the city was also a factor in Lachie’s decision to nominate the Cats as his club of choice.
“He’s looking forward to being able to have a surf and play with his dog in his downtime because he’s always been more of a country boy than a city lad,” Mrs Henderson said.
“Also he thinks the club has a wonderful culture, he’s got mates there and he genuinely likes what’s happening at the club.”
Henderson also joins fellow Colac district AFL export Darcy Lang at Geelong, who is entering his third season.