Former AFL pair join Yarrawonga

STEVE McKee has returned to Yarrawonga.

The former AFL big man, who played at Barooga last season, is training with the reigning Ovens and Murray premier and is set to reignite his career with the Pigeons.

Morris medallist Tim Hargreaves is also back at the club.

Yarrawonga co-coach Drew Barnes confirmed late yesterday the pair of former AFL players were both training with the Pigeons but said nothing was set in stone.

“At this stage he (Mc­Kee) is going to play but we don’t know what role that will exactly be,” Barnes said.

“A lot will depend on him and his body.

“I don’t think he knows himself.

“He’s just hoping to give himself the best opportunity over the next four to six weeks to get as fit as he can.

“But in saying that, if it takes longer, we are happy.”

McKee, 34, was drafted to Richmond with pick No. 55 in the 1996 national draft and played 84 games for the Tigers and Collingwood between 1998 and 2004.

He last played for the Pigeons in 2010 and also had a stint with home club Myrtleford in 2006.

The ruckman played in losing grand final teams in both those seasons.

Hargreaves, meanwhile, returns after stints with Mulwala and Rennie.

Despite battling a debilitating foot injury in recent years, Hargreaves, 37, has opted to return to a higher level.

He kicked 58 goals for Rennie in the Picola South East league last year.

“He’s obviously had a lot of troubles with his feet but I think he is striving to play seniors,” Barnes said.

“Last Saturday was his first chance to run around with the boys so obviously he’s still a long way off.”

Hargreaves booted 69 goals in 62 games with Hawthorn and Geelong.

The Pigeons had about 40 players go through their paces at J.C. Lowe Oval last Saturday.

“That’s unheard of for Yarrawonga at this time of year,” Barnes said.

“They’ve all come back really hungry, too, which is great.”

Last year’s Did Simpson medallist Craig Ednie and Kayne Pettifer are setting the pace at training.

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