VFL-experienced Dylan Kempster will follow in his father’s footsteps and play with Sunbury in the Ballarat Football League next year.
He is a son of Scott Kempster, who was a teammate of Lions coach Travis Hodgson in Sunbury’s 1997 BFL premiership team.
A key position player, Dylan Kempster arrives at Clarke Oval after playing with Frankston in the VFL in 2016 and Williamstown for the past two years.
The 22-year-old played four VFL matches with the Seagulls this year and spent the balance of the season with Maribyrnong Park in the Essendon District league.
As a former Sunbury junior, Kempster will carry just one point under the player points system.
Meanwhile, BFL representative Adam Short is also returning to Sunbury, although at the moment there is uncertainty how many games – if any – he will play with the Lions next season.
The key defender has signed with the Lions after one season with St Albans in the Western Region league.
He joined Sunbury teammates David Kovacevic, Tom Donoghue and Ben Said in a mass move to St Albans at the end of 2017.
Short was a substantial loss for the Lions, having anchored their backline and represented the BFL in the AFL Victoria Community Championships.
Short is preparing to travel overseas. He told The Courier that there was a possibility of him moving interstate when he returned to Australia.
Short said all he was able to say at the moment was that if he did stay in Melbourne next year he would play with Sunbury.
Sunbury coach Travis Hodgson said Short would be a welcome return.
Hodgson said Short’s experience and quality would be an enormous asset, especially after the signing of brothers Leigh and Ben Brennan.
Sunbury has also secured Dylan Featon from Rupertswood, where the Brennans also originate from
A running half back, Featon was with Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup in 2016 and 2017 and made 39 senior appearances with Rupertswood over the past two years.