McDougall arrives at the Lions' den
- Tuesday, 11 December 2012
SUBIACO have secured another former AFL-listed player from Perth with West Coast Eagle and Western Bulldog Andrew McDougall joining the club.
McDougall played 43 career AFL games after he was taken by West Coast with pick five in the 2000 National Draft.
He went to the Bulldogs in return for picks 29 and 59, which the Eagles used to select Eric McKenzie and Jarryd Allen respectively.
McDougall kicked 50 goals in his AFL career, most of which came when he played forward for West Coast.
The Wesley College product has played 85 League games for Perth throughout and after his AFL career and said he made the decision to come to Subiaco in search of a Premiership.
“Well the feeling was I’ve been at Perth for about ten years, so I wanted to have a fresh start and also being part of a successful club,” he said.
“I had a meeting with Schoey, had a look around the club and all of that and it looked like a good fit.
“Subi have a good strong culture, a lot of Premierships and all of that and I thought it would be good to finish off my career here where I can play another couple of years.
McDougall, who joins former Perth teammate Jarrad Kayler-Thomson at the Lions as well as now Subiaco coaches Steve Armstrong and Rick Curtis.
And the 197cm McDougall said that quartet played a big role in getting him to the club.
“Talking to those guys a couple of days ago and just talking about the club they said it was a positive place to be and very professional,” McDougall said.
McDougall quick to add what he thinks he can bring to a young Subiaco team.
“I think a bit of leadership, a bit of experience and a level head on the field. I can play in the ruck, I’ve played forward at West Coast and down back at the Bulldogs, so I feel like I can play in key positions if Schoey wants be down there.
“I personally prefer to play on the ball because that’s where I’ve played the last couple of years for Perth in the ruck or floating around on a wing that would be, but it’s wherever Schoey sees me.
“I’ve got good experience to bring to the group.”