Werribee Football Club has bolstered its big man stocks with the signing of former Geelong VFL player Jack Berry.
Berry, 22, is the second ruckman with VFL experience to sign with the Tigers in the new year, following former North Ballarat Rooster Nick Nott.
Berry, who stands at 198 centimetres, spent most of his Cats career playing in the development league, but played three games in the top side last season.
The Leopold-aligned tall showed his potential with 46 hit-outs in a game against Coburg in round 11 last season.
Berry is hoping to further his football career with Werribee.
“It’s a good opportunity down here and I’m looking forward to it,” Berry said.
“The [Avalon Airport Oval] facility is definitely enticing and the stand-alone aspect is very exciting. It’s a new beginning and you can kind of put your own stamp on things.”
In other player news, Werribee has re-signed defender Jack Williams for a third season.
Williams missed out on his chance of a promotion to the senior side last season after a mid-season adductor injury, but impressed in the backline during 10 development league games en route to taking out the team’s best and fairest award. The 22-year-old will be hoping to add to his three senior games played in 2016.
“It feels good to be back on board,” he said. “It was a bit of a limited opportunity last year. I got injured after five rounds, missed the middle part of the year … I missed out on senior selection, but had an all-right year in the twos.
“I really want to step it up this year and try to break into this senior side and keep my spot.”
Williams’ first opportunity to claim a senior berth will come on the practice match circuit.
Werribee’s pre-season schedule includes games against Williamstown at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds on March 10, Geelong Cats at GMHBA Stadium on March 16 and Essendon at Avalon Airport Oval on March 24.
Meanwhile, in an off-field boost, airport transfer service SkyBus has signed on as the Tigers’ new principal sponsor.