A potential move to Canada could cut short Josh Weatherhead’s highly anticipated return to Birregurra next season.
The Saints announced on social media this week that the two-time premiership player was set to return to his home club in 2020 following two years with Newtown and Chilwell in the Geelong Football League.
The 24-year-old midfield bull has a reputation as a big-game player in the Colac district league, earning the best-on-ground medals in the league’s interleague clash and Birregurra’s grand final win in 2017.
But Weatherhead said he had planned a trip in mid-to-late April, which could limit his games in his return to the Saints.
The Geelong-based builder said he had applied for a working visa in Whistler, with the town’s mountain bike trails and snow season a major drawcard.
“I’ve always been into the outdoors so I wanted to try something a bit different,” Weatherhead said.
“I’m planning on getting a working visa and heading off in April, if everything goes to plan I’ll be overseas for a whole year,” he said.
“If that falls through then I’ll just go for a holiday and come back.”
Weatherhead said, if nothing else, the trip would give his body a chance to recover after two injury-ravaged seasons with Newtown and Chilwell.
He managed eight senior games last year following knee surgery, before a groin issue kept him to just three senior games this year.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.