No Lawless, Thompson for Yarrawonga

Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy

YARRAWONGA isn’t looking for a last-gasp signing before next week’s clearance deadline.

Pigeons co-coach Chris Kennedy yesterday dismissed rumours the club was hopeful of luring premiership duo Nick Lawless and Jarrod Thompson back to J.C. Lowe Oval for the remainder of the season.

Former AFL star Brad Ottens, who played a handful of games for Yarrawonga last year, had also been linked to a return in the lead up to finals.

Ottens, who hasn’t played this season, lodged a clearance yesterday to spend the rest of the year at Barwon Heads in the Bellarine league.

Lawless is back on the Border but battling a foot injury, while Thompson is playing at Bell Park in Geelong.

Kennedy said the Pigeons were confident they still had the cattle to trouble raging premiership favourite Albury when it counted, despite losing to the Tigers by 62 points at the weekend.

“It probably sounds strange, but we were really happy with our second half against Albury and thought there were a lot of positive signs,” Kennedy said.

“It was our best half of footy for quite a while.

“Our general intensity was back up, which is something it hasn’t been for a while.

“We know we’ve got to get a lot better, but I think it could be a real turning point for us.”

The Pigeons will regain star duo Kayne Pettifer and Tim Cooper after the bye.

Former Richmond high-flyer Pettifer is managing back soreness, while Cooper is overseas.