FORMER Collingwood forward Corey Gault is enjoying his time back at Swan Districts Football Club and is motivated to bring leadership to the squad.
The 24-year-old played six AFL games since being drafted at No.65 in the 2011 AFL Draft.
He retired in October and signed with Swan Districts in November.
Gault said his return to WA had been exciting so far.
“I am really looking forward to the season and I just cannot wait to get stuck into it,” he said.
“I just wanted to get back to enjoying my footy again and going back to university, continuing my studies. Also, I’m moving back to be with family and friends… all those reasons added up and I thought it was time to come home.”
Gault said he was likely to take on a forward-ruck role during the 2017 WAFL season.
“I think it will depend on how we are playing as a team,” he said.
“I want to just to bring a bit of leadership and my work ethic and make sure the team is enjoying footy and obviously do that by winning.”
The Notre Dame University physical education student said he gelled well with his new teammates and fellow ex-AFL recruits.
“They are a great bunch of blokes…I have not had a lot to do with all of them but just their talent and skills are amazing,” he said.
“Their level of skill is going to bring everyone else’s level up as well.”
He said he had overcome concussion and injury issues that troubled him mid-last year.
Swan Districts will play South Fremantle in a Round 2 clash at Bassendean Oval.
The game will feature an appearance from WA boxer Danny Green to promote the club’s first ‘Stop the Coward’s Punch’ round, as part of Green’s campaign to highlight the effect of senseless violence.