Star Lara midfielder returns to Tigerland

Colac Tigers football officials say former VFL-listed player Jarryn McCormack will be a major boost in his return to the club.

Colac Tigers football officials say former VFL-listed player Jarryn McCormack will be a major boost in his return to the club.

Colac co-coach Kane Leersen confirmed McCormack’s signing this week, after the 193-centimetre midfielder dominated in the Tigers’ practice match against Balwyn.

The Birregurra export played junior football with the Tigers, starting his senior career with the club in 2010 while on the Geelong Falcons’ TAC Cup list.

McCormack then had stints with VFL club Werribee, Geelong league club Lara, and Western Region league club Werribee Districts.

“He’s got a couple of best-and-fairests and is a GFL Team of the Year player,” Leersen said.

“It’s exciting for the club, that it’s become somewhere that players like Jarryn McCormack want to play,” he said.

Leersen said the club had been in ongoing discussions with McCormack over the past six months.

“Going back to our under-13 days at Birre, we know each other pretty well, we’ve played senior footy together at Colac before,” Leersen said.

“We thought we were in a position that we could make a case for him,” he said.

“I think for him, seeing where the club’s at, and the facilities, and hopefully the potential for success, made it appealing for him to return.

“It’s close to family for him as well, his parents are still in Birregurra.”

Leersen said McCormack had impressed during his first hit-out with the club against Balwyn on Saturday, playing predominantly in the midfield.

He said he expected McCormack to play multiple roles for the Tigers.

“Considering it was his first game with a lot of those guys he went really well,” Leersen said.

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