Yarra Bushrangers have utilised the final of their three international rookie positions with Scotsman Tim McHancock returning to club, after a hiatus of almost 10 years.
Bushrangers List Manager Ian Trend was delighted with the acquisition. “Tim will be a huge presence down the forward line and an intimating sight for opposition defenders. At the time of his departure Tim was second only to James Strong in the strength department and we expect that with an accelerated strength and conditioning program he can be match ready by round 1 this year.”
While Tim hasn’t touched a football since leaving Australia in 2003 his brief career as a boxer ensured he maintained his playing weight and reflexes. Despite this the selection was not without its critics with former player and team mate of Hancock, Rick Pearce launching a scathing attack on the recently returned expat through social media.
Pearce posted “Can someone book out a room in the soft tissue ward at the Maroondah (Hospital) for Wednesday night? Herbie, do you want papers sent to your room in the mornings?”
Trend wouldn’t be drawn on the criticism “People, including Rick, are entitled to their opinions, but we are going into this experiment with our eyes wide open, we are confident the big man’s body will hold up to the rigors of VAFA D2 Footy, both on and off the field. I’m confident as the season progresses we will be proved right”
We did attempt to speak to Tim for this article but his accent was so strong we couldn’t understand anything he said.
Hancock joins Canadian Nick Hultink and Frenchman Coco De la Puerta on the bushrangers international rookie list for season 2016