By Molly Magennis
Williamstown has signed a new key forward as they prepare for its 2022 Victorian Football League season.
Mitchell Langan, the second newcomer to sign on for next year, joins the club after spending two years at NAB league club Geelong Falcons.
Despite his 2021 season being cut short due to a broken wrist, the 193 centimetre tall forward averaged more than four marks a game and kicked four goals in the three matches he was able to play.
Langan told the Seagulls media team that he was excited to be a part of such a successful club.
“I’m keen to get down and meet all the boys and everyone involved,” the 19-year-old said.
The signing of Langan follows that of up and coming midfielder Noah Lever.
The 19-year-old on-baller is coming off a best-and-fairest at Geelong Football League club North Shore in his first season of senior football.
Lever averaged 28.6 disposals in the GFL this year and is a former Geelong Falcon in the NAB League.
Seagulls coach Justin Plapp said the club was keen to sign-up the rising midfielder.
“We’re all about bringing quality people to our club, and he fits that from a character point of view,” Plapp said.
“He’s a young player that has assets that we see he can fill, and he’s a competitive young man who has a point of difference in his ability to win the ball. We feel he is going to be a player that is going to feature really well in that part of the game for us.”
The club has re-signed a number of players from this year, headed by Charlie Dean, who won this year’s Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal for the best young player in the competition.
Forwards Noah Gown, Billy Myers and Darby Henderson, Joel Ottavi, Lachlan Stapleton, Liam Hunt, Jordan Gallucci, Teia Miles, Kallan Dawson, Jack Toner, Hayden Bertoli-Simmonds and Cam Polson are the other re-signings to be announced.
Despite a heavily disrupted 2021 season which was officially called off in September due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seagulls managed to win six games and were considered major contenders to take out the premiership. Footscray, which finished on top of the ladder, was awarded the minor premiership.
Seagulls memberships are now available for the 2022 season. Details: membership.williamstownfc.com.au/