DUAL Norwood premiership midfielder Brett Zorzi has signed with Corowa-Rutherglen.
Zorzi, 34, is a close friend and former teammate of Roo coach Bryce Campbell and will make his debut for the Ovens and Murray’s most improved team against reigning premier Yarrawonga on July 12.
“He will be massive for us,” Campbell said last night.
“We nearly signed him at the start of the year when he moved to Melbourne and it’s fantastic to have him on board.
“Brett’s record speaks for itself.
“He would be in the top three players I have played with outside the AFL.”
Although Zorzi hasn’t played this season, the 180-centimetre utility finished last year in spectacular fashion by being named best-on-ground in Norwood’s SANFL grand final victory over North Adelaide.
Zorzi played 164 games and won three best and fairests after joining the Redlegs from Victoria in 2005.
Earlier in his career, Zorzi played a reserve match for Carlton in 1997 before signing with the Northern Bullants where he became one of the premier players in the VFL as a midfielder and defender.
He represented the VFL in 2002 and was named in the competition’s Team of the Year in the back pocket later that season.
Zorzi’s arrival at John Foord Oval will give Corowa-Rutherglen a further boost as the Roos attempt to nail down their first finals appearance since Peter Tossol led them into the top five in 2009.
“He’s a quality player and leader but we think we will get as much value out of him as a teacher and developing the kids,” Campbell said.
“I’m sure he will have a lot to offer our young side.”
Corowa-Rutherglen takes on Wangaratta at home tomorrow.