Another Swan leaves nest

November 11, 2017

Shepparton Swans Footballer Quade Johnstone

The exodus has continued at the Shepparton Swans with another premiership footballer departing.

Quade Johnstone, 24, a Goulburn Valley League interleague representative and 2014 premiership Swan, is joining South Bendigo.

Johnstone is a premiership team-mate of Bloods’ coach Brady Childs, while another familiar face in former Swan Kaiden Antonowicz will greet the hard-nosed midfielder at the club.

Antonowicz will take up a playing-assistant role at the Bloods next season, with the star forward overcoming a season-ending ankle-fracture last campaign.

In the four games the dynamic forward did play, he bamboozled his Bendigo Football Netball League opponents, snaring 29 goals in his debut season.

Johnstone, who has been at the Swans since 2009, joins fellow flag heroes Andrew Riordan and BJ Squire leaving the club and the Goulburn Valley League.

Incoming coach Justin George will need to do a lot of work behind the scenes to turn the competition cellar-dwellers into a perennial GVL powerhouse once again.

The Swans only managed to win two games last season and Johnstone was named among the best players in 11 of the 16 matches the left-footer played in.

In a more positive light for the battling club, the Swans have managed re-sign brothers Nathan and Justin Terlich and Dylan Kerr.

The Swans announced the trio had re-signed on the Facebook page, fighting off interest from former club Rumbalara.

Violet Town forward Rob Staff will also head across to Princess Park next year after three excellent seasons in the Kyabram District Football League.

Staff kicked 116 goals last year as a key forward and backed it up with 79 this year, playing in various roles across the ground as the Towners progressed to a grand final against Nagambie.

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