East Point has landed one of the biggest mid-season coups, signing on a two-time AFL premiership winner for the remainder of its BFNL title defence.
Former Sydney and Collingwood ruckman Darren Jolly will join the Roos for the remainder of the season.
The 39-year-old played his first game for the club at the weekend as East Point walked past Darley to an 88-point win.
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East Point football manager Dean Hetherington said Jolly was lured to the club by good friend and assistant coach Shane Fisher.
"(Darren's) intention is to play all year. He wants to play every week. He said he doesn't want to come and just put in a cameo performance," he told The Courier.
"(Darren) said he'll be at training every week and wants to play every game."
The signing will provide a huge on-field boost for the Roos, with ruck Dallas Martin sidelined indefinitely.
"We were looking for another big man and happened to find him, which was great," Hetherington said.
"Darren hasn't played since 2014 with Lexton, so we didn't know what sort of shape he would be in or how much of the game he'd run out.
"But, I would think he probably played out 80 per cent of the match.
"He didn't spend much time on the bench, and to get through the game was unbelievable."
Jolly, who hails from Lexton, was drafted from the North Ballarat Roosters with pick 31 in the 2001 rookie draft.
He played 48 games over four seasons with Melbourne before moving to Sydney for the 2005 season.
Jolly became an integral part of the Swans' squad and featured in their 2005 grand final.
Jolly only missed two games during his time at the Swans, playing 118 games over five seasons.
At the end of 2009 Jolly requested a trade to be closer to family in Victoria. He joined Collingwood and immediately became the Pies' first-choice ruckman.
Jolly had a superb 2010 season, winning the premiership with the Pies and earning selection in the wider 40-man All Australian squad.
In total, Jolly played 71 games for Collingwood before he was delisted at the end of the 2013 season.
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