By JESS WEBSTER
NEAFL MVP winner Jordan Keras is looking forward to establishing himself as a regular VFL player after the former Southport midfielder was confirmed as a Geelong Cats signing yesterday.
Keras, 24, leaves the Sharks after two seasons to return to the VFL, where he played 19 senior matches for Werribee and Footscray from 2011-2015 before heading to Queensland.
The lure of work opportunities with the Cats was ultimately the deciding factor in Keras’ move home to Geelong, but he says he will return to the VFL a better player after taking the NEAFL by storm in 2017.
“My fiancé (Beth) has a really stable job back home, and what Geelong have offered me with some work opportunities in a physio role aswell, there were a lot of boxes ticked to go home,” he said.
“It was hard to tell Southport because they have given me the opportunity that I have now.
“I think the NEAFL has been the best thing for me by a long way. It’s allowed me the opportunity to play week-in, week-out as a first-string midfielder.
“Coming up to the NEAFL and being able to show what I thought I was capable of, it’s allowed me to now go back to the VFL and be a well-established player for the rest of my career.
“There has definitely been big positives coming out of playing with Southport the last two years.”
An elite clearance player, Keras equalled the record for most clearances in a single match (17) this year, while also averaging 35 disposals and 10 clearances on his way to winning the NEAFL MVP award over Cameron Ilett.
He hopes to play consistently at VFL level and help guide the Cats to a premiership.
“I’m really looking forward to having an important leadership role with the club, which is what Geelong want me to do, and basically trying to have some success,” he said.
“That’s the main thing I want – trying to win a flag is the ultimate goal.”
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