GWS has signed former Magpie Lachlan Keeffe to a one-year deal after Collingwood delisted the 27 year old at season’s end.
Looking for defensive reinforcements the Giants have given the former Magpie a chance to resurrect his AFL career. This decision comes despite Keeffe not having played an AFL game since 2014.
Rebuilding Lachlan Keeffe’s career
The AFL career of Keeffe looked to be trending in the right direction since his debut in 2011. In 2014 he played 18 games which is the most games he has played at senior level in a single year.
Regrettably for Keeffe he would miss the entire 2015 & 2016 seasons. He had to serve a suspension for violating the AFL drug policy. The timing couldn’t have been worst for Keeffe. This happened just when it looked like he was establishing himself in the Magpies backline as key defender.
Collingwood supported and showed faith in the Queenslander as he was retained but he was unable to break into the Pies senior team this year and spent the majority of the VFL season playing as a forward.
Still more to give
After playing 40 games for Collingwood the 27 year-old is keen to prove he can still compete at the top level. Lachlan Keeffe also feels playing in defence is his best spot.
“That’s where I feel I play my best footy and hopefully I can get a crack and show my wares next year. I really want to play on. I feel I’ve got more to give.”
At 204 cm, the versatility of Lachlan Keeffe to potentially ruck will be a bonus for the Giants. Especially with Shane Mumford having announced his retirement last month.