Spiders regain Beau Walker

Beau Walker in action for Howlong in 2011.
Beau Walker in action for Howlong in 2011.

HOWLONG has regained 2012 Azzi Medal runner-up Beau Walker.

Former North Albury player Michael Newbound has also joined the club.

The Spiders signed the talented youngsters late last week as they continue to gain momentum under new coach Joel Price.

“They’ve got a lot of potential,” Price said.

“Both definitely have their best footy in front of them and I could definitely see both going to play in the O and M in the future.

“It’s great they’ve decided to play with us, but the potential is there to play at a higher level.”

Walker, who finished second in the Hume league’s best and fairest behind Jamarl O’Sullivan two years ago, spent last season at Queanbeyan in the North East Australian Football League.

After being hampered by injury early in the year, he bounced back to play 10 senior games under Henty’s Kade Klemke in the Eastern Conference.

He impressed in a handful of games.

“He ended the year playing some really good footy for them,” Price said.

“He’s been training with us and looks in really good nick.”

Price said the Spiders were still eyeing a few more signings as the season approached.

“We’re looking to add a couple more, but we’re pretty happy with where things are at,” he said.

“It’s definitely going to be a strong competition this year.”

Howlong have been able to keep off-season departures to a minimum with Jak Hancock and Bobby Griffiths the biggest losses.

Hancock has joined Wodonga Raiders as strength and conditioning coach while Griffiths has been training season at Albury.

The strong marking Griffiths was the Spiders’ main avenue to goal last season and finished with 42 goals from 14 matches.