Bill Johnston Medallist signs with Geelong

Bill Johnston Medallist Dylan Slater has joined Geelong.

Geelong co-coach Matt Gunther says the club is excited to finally unveil Colac’s Dylan Slater in Victorian Premier Cricket.

The reigning Bill Johnston Medallist confirmed he had committed to joining the Cats alongside fellow City United young gun Josh Garner ahead of the upcoming summer.

Slater returned to his home club in the Colac district in recent campaigns after post-concussion syndrome cut short a promising start to his career.

The promising batsman, who can also keep, went through the Barwon Rockets pathway programs as a youngster, even earning Vic Country initial squad selection, while he impressed during a stint in the Geelong Cricket Association with East Belmont.

But Slater had to take a break from the sport following head knocks during his junior football career.

The 20-year-old retuned to cricket full-time last season with City, captaining the Knights to a CDCA semi-final, while sharing the Bill Johnston Medal as the league’s top performer with Alvie’s Andre DeLorenzo.

Gunther and former Sheffield Shield cricketer Tim Ludeman have taken over the head coaching role at Geelong from Colac’s Liam Buchanan ahead the 2019-20 season.

Gunther said the Cats were thrilled to see what Slater could achieve in the state’s premier competition.

“I think it’s great for him and really exciting,” he said.

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