Shepparton Swans have been dealt a huge blow ahead of next season with gun midfielder BJ Squire departing Princess Park.
Squire, a Congupna junior, has returned to The Road after rather successful stints with the Murray Bushrangers and the Swans.
The 22-year-old claimed his third successive senior best-and-fairest at the Swans’ presentation ceremony on Friday night and The Road’s football operations manager Michael Dwyer is thrilled to have Squire back at the club.
‘‘We know he is a talented footballer, it is an exciting time for the club and aligns well with our four-year plan that we have in place,’’ Dwyer said.
‘‘BJ has had a successful run at it in the GVL and it is just great to see him back home and playing for his junior club.’’
Dwyer stressed the move arose after the talented midfielder wanted to play football with good friends at The Road.
‘‘The drawcard was the camaraderie with his mates, he has a lot of them here and after proving himself in the GVL he just wanted to have a good time with his friends,’’ Dwyer said.
Squire was a part of a Swans side that won just two games this season, and they too are in a rebuilding phase after announcing Justin George would take up the role as senior coach, replacing Paul Griffiths.
The Road is also currently without a coach at the moment with Tyson McKenzie choosing to stay in Melbourne due to family commitments, meaning Dwyer has been relatively busy behind the scenes.
‘‘I have had my work cut out, but we are expecting to announce a few things in the coming days,’’ Dwyer said.
‘‘In saying that, we bottomed out a few years ago so we are on the right path to success.’’