Lions lose Lamb, McCuskey leaving Lakers in BFL

ON THE MOVE: Tom Lamb making a shift from Redan.

ON THE MOVE: Tom Lamb making a shift from Redan.

Versatile Tom Lamb has joined the exodus from Redan in the Ballarat Football League.

Lamb is going back to Koondrook Barham in the Central Murray league, where last played in 2015.

He spent two seasons with the club before returning to Redan.

Lamb has an impressive pedigree in the BFL, being a 2011 premiership player with the Lions, Henderson Medal runner-up in 2013 and BFL team of the year member on multiple occasions.

He also represented the CMFL in the country championships while with Koondrook Barham.

Redan has been decimated in the off-season.

Tom Lamb, who applied for a clearance late this week, joins Mitch Phelps (Barwon Heads), Damien Horbury (Barwon Heads), Nick Willox (Learmonth), Nick Hausler (Sebastopol), Tom Morrish (Ouyen) and Gus Cleary (Casterton) as players from last year’s semi-final line-up to have moved on in the off-season.

In addition, best and fairest Nathan Horbury has been signed by Geelong’s VFL team, placing a question mark over his availability on a week-to-week basis.

Keenan Waterbury has also been sidelined with a knee injury, while promising youngsters including Thomas Bryan (Bell Park) and Kali Dawborn (Uni Black), who made their senior debuts last season, have moved on.

The players movements make Redan, which had a record of 12 wins and four losses in finishing fourth in 2017, one of the hardest hit in the BFL with player departures.

Minor premier Lake Wendouree has also been stung through the loss of players such as Nick Peters (Warrack Eagles), Steve Clifton (Newlyn), Ben Hayes (Beaufort), Lucas Anderson (St Joseph’s) and Luke Bucknall (Maryborough).

Eamon McCuskey is the latest significant loss for Lakers, having applied for a transfer to Heidelberg in the Northern league.

McCuskey has played various roles for Lakers – making 12 senior appearances in each of the past two years.

There is also a whisper that another frontline player is considering leaving Lake Wendouree in a move which would put added pressure on its defensive make-up under first-year coach Dale Power.