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Impey off to pack power with the Hawks

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October 13, 2017

Shepparton export Jarman Impey will be leaving Port Adelaide to join Hawthorn. Picture: AAP

After another Goulburn Valley export joined Port Adelaide on Wednesday, one departed the Power yesterday.

Former Shepparton and Shepparton Swans player Jarman Impey became a Hawthorn player after his wish to join the Hawks was granted.

Hawthorn gave up picks 33 and 61 in this year’s draft, along with a future fourth-round selection for Impey.

Along with receiving Impey, the Hawks picked up pick 67 from the Power.

The speedy utility played 75 games for the Power after being drafted to the club from the Murray Bushrangers in 2013.

Meanwhile, former Benalla player Jarrad Waite will gear up for a 16th AFL season after re-signing with North Melbourne yesterday.

Waite, who was drafted by Carlton in 2001 and debuted for the Blues in 2003, said he considered retirement but wanted to have another go.

‘‘I enjoy the game too much,’’ Waite, 34, told NMFC.com.au.

‘‘I obviously had to weigh a few things up with respect to my family, my body and fitness and whether I felt I could still contribute, and when all that came back in the positive, I felt genuinely excited about going around again with North and put pen to paper.

‘‘To be honest, I did consider retirement as an option for the first time in my career, but I quickly realised that I had more than enough left in the tank for another season and maybe more — who knows?’’

The key forward has had a new lease of life since transferring to Arden St ahead of the 2015 season, kicking 93 goals in 47 games with the Kangaroos.

Waite said he was recovering well from the calf injury that saw last season cut short.

“I’ve got my mobility and my strengths so I feel I still have a lot to offer,’’ Waite said.

‘‘The calf is feeling great and I’ve rehabbed it well. Looking back, I was only a week off returning to play but we obviously ran out of time.

‘‘The shoulder injury I sustained earlier in the season was an impact injury. I’ve never had any issues with my shoulders before so I don’t see that as being a concern going forward.’’

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