Edwards on board to further boost Panthers

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Steven Edwards in action for Albany club Royals this year.
Camera IconSteven Edwards in action for Albany club Royals this year. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Railways’ stocks for the 2024 Goldfields Football League season have been further bolstered with the acquisition of former WAFL player Steven Edwards.

The 28-year-old is a product of Albany Royals and played a combined 69 games in the WAFL for Claremont and South Fremantle after debuting in 2013.

He was named in a back pocket for the 2017 WAFL team of the year, but also proved to be a reliable goal kicker when moved forward.

A boilermaker by trade, Edwards — who played in Albany in 2023 — on Friday said he was happy to finally be in the Panthers’ camp after several years of being in the sights of senior coach Rhett Pettit.

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“I wanted a bit of a change and Rhett had been on to me (about relocating to the Goldfields) for the past couple of years,” he said.

“I was lucky he was able to come up with a job with him as well, so it’s worked out pretty well.”

Pettit said he looked forward to seeing what Edwards brought to the league squad after the club last month acquired Gerald Ugle from Mines Rovers.

“We’d been in contact with him (Edwards) for maybe three years — back when he was with South Fremantle,” Pettit said.

“We tried getting him then and things have lined up well.

“He wanted a fresh start and we’re lucky enough that he chose Kalgoorlie (to reside), I suppose so we’re a little bit spoilt for choice at the moment.”

Pettit said Edwards could expect playing time at his new club in a variety of roles.

“I see him as a really attacking half-back who provides options in the midfield, but also able to go forward,” he said.

“No doubt he will spend time in all three (roles), but probably more in the midfield.

“Steven played with (Railways’ teammate) Trent Reed at South Fremantle and also (Railways’ 2022 vice-captain) Kyle Russell who both had high raps for him — not only as a footballer, but also as a person.”

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