Three more to call Port Melbourne home
By Borough Media on December 14, 2022
The Port Melbourne Football Club has continued to recruit strongly by locking in three more players.
Joel Wilkinson – 31yrs old, 186cm Forward
Wilkinson was an inaugural Gold Coast Suns listed player, playing 26 AFL matches over 3 seasons. In 2014-15 he represented the Northern Blues, where he played 27 VFL games. In 2016, Wilkinson headed over to the US to be a part of the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants NFL Training Squads.
“Joel is a genuine athlete who has a hunger and drive to achieve both individual and team success with his transition back to Australian Rules Football.”
Having been a part of elite sporting environments for quite some time it was very quickly apparent that Joel has the fitness required and won’t take long at all to pick up the skills of the game again that saw him forge a strong career at AFL and VFL level. In particular, his speed and tackling will be a great addition to our forward line,” says Glenn Balmforth, Football Manager.
Angus Curry – 18yrs old, 176cm Mid/Fwd
Former Oakleigh Charger and Turvey Park Football Club player, Angus Curry now calls Port Melbourne home. Curry was also a part of the GWS Giants Academy and a representative for the Allies in the 2022 NAB Under 18 AFL Championships.
“Angus is a great young man who thrives off putting the opposition under pressure with his tackling (averaged 6 a game for Oakleigh this season) and we are excited by his upside and what he can potentially do at VFL level,” says Glenn Balmforth.
Mitch Riordan – 22yrs, 187cm Midfielder
Mitch Riordan has been recruited from the Sandringham Zebras, where he played 21 games over two seasons. Over his 21 games, he tallied 305 disposals, with an even split of 160 kicks and 145 handballs. Riordan was also taken at Pick 2 in the 2019 AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft to the Gold Coast Suns, where he was on their AFL list in 2019 and 2020.
“Mitch has elite traits, particularly by hand and his ability to break out of stoppages. He has great knowledge of the game and will compliment our midfield group, but also has the ability to play in other areas of the ground,” says Glenn Balmforth.