Simpson forwards return to Cobden

OUT: Simpson premiership player Nick Harding and his brother Ben have returned to their junior club Cobden for the 2017 season.

OUT: Simpson premiership player Nick Harding and his brother Ben have returned to their junior club Cobden for the 2017 season.

Cobden football officials say they are rapt to secure Simpson premiership forward Nick Harding and his younger brother Ben for the 2017 season.

New Cobden coach Levi Dare said the young forwards were eager to test themselves at a higher level in the Hampden league.

Both players played junior football with the Bombers before crossing to Simpson in 2008 with their older brothers Aaron and Nathan, and former Tigers coaches Adam Courtney, Leigh and Chris Walsh.

Nick Harding played more than 120 senior games with Simpson, booting more than 400 goals, including bags of five in each of the club’s senior grand final wins in 2014 and 2015.

He also won the Colac district league’s goalkicking award in 2012 when he was just 20 years old, finishing with a career-best 71 goals.

Ben Harding has played primarily in the Tigers’ reserves in recent years, but Dare said both would come into senior calculations if they put in the hard work.

Ben won the Colac District Football League’s reserves goalkicking award this year, finishing with 74 goals.

“We’re rapt to have these boys back at the club, I think Cobden calls the Hardings every year but they’ve been committed to Simpson,” Dare said.

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