Eagles recruits to bolster forward line

Western Eagles hope to have improved their goalkicking deficiencies with their two latest recruits.

Western Eagles co-coaches Grant Armistead, left, and Craig Hardingham, right, unveil the club’s new forwards, from left, Christian Davis and Shaun Kingwell.

The Irrewillipe-based club has welcomed former North Geelong and Grovedale key forward Shaun Kingwell, while AFL Barwon Division Two under-19 premiership forward Christian Davis has crossed from Geelong Amateur.

New Eagles co-coach Craig Hardingham said the two players, who are both around 194cm, would fill the Eagles’ key forward roles.

The club has lacked tall timber in recent years, with its leading goalkickers failing to surpass 23 goals in the past five seasons.

“Both these guys will provide big targets for us up forward, we’ve probably struggled in the goalkicking department in the last few years,” Hardingham said.

“We’ve still got Luke Henry, Dwaine Lancaster and Kieren Walsh, so the new players will be able to take the pressure off these guys a bit,” he said.

“Shaun will probably play centre half-forward for us, and Christian will probably start at full forward; they’re both about 6’4.”

Kingwell, 26, has played more than 120 senior games with Geelong Football League club Grovedale, and most recently with North Geelong in the Geelong district league, where he played alongside Eagles co-coach Grant Armistead.

Kingwell has kicked more than 180 goals across that time.

Davis, 19, has kicked 88 goals at under-19 level in the past two years, and made his Bellarine league senior debut with the Ammos in 2017.

He also finished runner-up in AFL Barwon’s colts league best-and-fairest count in 2017.

See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.

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