Eagles sign ex-Docker
The Collie Eagles have begun the pre-season recruiting in grand fashion, signing Peel Football-Netball League Landmark Championships hero Joel Houghton for the 2017 season.
The former Fremantle Docker and Halls Head forward replaces Ray Daniels, who has returned to Subiaco in the WAFL after helping the Eagles to last year’s grand final.
Houghton was the PFNL’s leading goal kicker last season, booting 60 goals for Halls Head in 21 games.
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The 25-year-old was drafted by the Fremantle Dockers in 2009, but did not play a game.
He played 51 WAFL games for Perth and Swan Districts and kicking 42 goals.
Houghton was one of the Peel Cavaliers’ best in the Landmark Championships grand final against the South West Football League, kicking six goals, while also booting three majors in their match at Hands Oval in June.
Collie Eagles coach Clint Swallow said after weeks of negotiations, he was pleased to sign Houghton.
“If he kicks anywhere near as many goals as he did in the Peel League, we are happy to have him come into the side,” he said.
Swallow said Houghton would add experience to the forward line.
Swallow confirmed WAFL midfielder Michael Florio would continue to play for the Eagles.
“He was super keen to come back,” he said.
“Michael tore his hamstring in Round Four. So he is dead keen to come back and give something back to the club.”
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