Glenelg has secured the signature of promising midfielder Luke Partington, who will return to SANFL ranks in 2019.
Delisted by AFL club West Coast after playing six matches in three seasons for the Eagles, Partington settled on the Bays after being courted by at least four SANFL clubs.
”I already have relationships with a lot of the guys here, it’s a great spot to come in and play footy,” said Partington, who was selected at pick No.28 in the 2015 AFL National Draft.
”Mark is a very experienced coach with great ideas, with a great team of coaches and support staff. Glenelg is the club that really suits me best.”
The 21-year-old – who was SA U18 vice-captain in 2015 – proved to be an extremely consistent performer in the WAFL, averaging more than 24 disposals in 46 matches for the Eagles’ feeder club East Perth.
This year, Partington was joint-winner of East Perth’s best-and-fairest award with former Glenelg junior Matt Allen while also polling the most votes for the Royals at the 2018 Sandover Medal.
Originally from Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, Partington came through Port Adelaide’s talent programs before transferring to Norwood in 2015 following SANFL’s boundary redistribution of development zones.
As an 18-year-old, Partington – an Immanuel College graduate – played six SANFL League matches for the Redlegs in 2015, including the Elimination Final loss to Central District.
Measuring in at 181cm and 77kg, Partington is considered to be a ball-carrying midfielder, who can also gain possession on the inside of the contest.
”We’re thrilled to have Luke at the club,” Glenelg coach Mark Stone said.
”We targeted him not only as a quality footballer with experience at AFL level, but as a kid with great character and strong values that will fit into our squad really well. We think he’s going to be a long-term player for us and a strong leader who will really boost our midfield.”
Partington’s presence adds to the returns of key forward Liam McBean and reliable defender Brad Agnew, who will again don the black and goal next year after spending this season travelling overseas.
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