Central District coach Roy Laird says the South Australian club’s two Colac district football exports don’t have to look far for motivation during their second year across the border.
Brody Mahoney and Frazer O’Gorman have committed to another season with the Bulldogs in the South Australian National Football League, after making the shift in 2018.
Teen prospect O’Gorman and Mahoney, who turned 25 on Saturday, both played five games in the Major League last season, spending the majority of their debut campaigns in the reserves.
Laird said Central District had “high hopes” for the former CDFL juniors, who both had stints with the Colac Tigers and Geelong Falcons as highly rated youngsters.
Seven-time Bulldogs premiership coach Laird said Mahoney and O’Gorman saw first-hand how hard former teammate and Geelong AFL recruit Darcy Fort worked to better his football.
Fort crossed to Central District from South Barwon, spending three seasons at the Bulldogs, before the Cats pounced during last year’s draft, taking the mature-age ruckman with pick 65.
“You’re talking a six-foot-seven guy who busted his arse for three years with us and justifiably got the reward and right recognition,” Laird
“It’s what these boys (Frazer and Brody) want to make of it in terms of their preparation, but over the pre-season they’ve both been really good.”
Laird said O’Gorman and Mahoney’s pre-season form had suggested the pair were eager to make more of an impact at senior level this year.
“We’ve got high hopes for both of them,” he said.
“Given what they’ve taken out of it, learnt and gone away and worked on, they’re both in a lot better shape to start the year.