SWFL 2023: Bunbury secure services of former Fremantle Dockers player Joel Houghton

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Former Boomer Joel Houghton has joined the Bulldogs.
Camera IconFormer Boomer Joel Houghton has joined the Bulldogs. Credit: Justin Fris/RegionalHUB

Bunbury’s forward line has received an added boost heading into round one’s opener against Carey Park, following the acquision of Joel Houghton.

Houghton, a former Fremantle Docker, has played extensively in the SWFL since his playing days at AFL and WAFL level.

Following a productive stint with the Collie Eagles, Houghton spent last season at the Eaton Boomers.

Bunbury coach Jamie Nani outlined how the signing came about.

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“It was not really on our radar,” Nani said. “Houghts reached out to me. He lives around the corner from the footy club and wanted a change.

“I thought we could not knock back a quality footballer and made it work.

“It is going to be very handy to have a guy of his quality at centre half forward. He is fit and had a run around with us last Friday night, looking really good.

“He is a good bloke and will fit in well with us — but to have him, Marto (Matt Martin) and Hayden Yarran in the forward line? It is pretty hard to match up on.”

The Boomers have reacted swiftly since Houghton’s departure, snapping up exciting Indigenous duo Ben Rioli (South Fremantle) and Shaquille McKenzie from the Collie Eagles.

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