Eastlake bags O'Dwyer
Matt O'Dwyer training with the Sydney Swans in 2010. O'Dwyer will join the Eastlake Demons next year. Photo: Getty Images
Much is made of friendships made playing football and one born at the Sydney Swans has brought midfielder Matthew O'Dwyer to Eastlake for the 2013 season.
O'Dwyer is good mates with former Swan Ryan Brabazon, who joined the Demons from WAFL club Claremont this year, and Eastlake forward Aaron Bruce from their time in Sydney together.
The 24-year-old spent the past two seasons playing with Werribee in the VFL, but was looking for a change.
Like Brabazon, O'Dwyer will live in Sydney and commute to Canberra for the games.
He'll have plenty of time to catch up with his old mate travelling along the Hume Highway.
''Having Ryan there it's pretty massive as well, it's probably got a lot to do with being at the club as well,'' O'Dwyer told The Canberra Times.
''The guys I know from Eastlake have given me a good insight into the club and I've talked to the coaches and it seems like they've got a good culture going.''
O'Dywer played seven AFL games for Sydney and in a couple of premierships for the Swans reserves, before he was delisted by the club in 2010.
Eastlake contacted him, but he opted to return home to Victoria to play with Werribee where he won the club's best-and-fairest award last year and played in two VFL preliminary finals.
O'Dwyer wants to help Eastlake get back the premiership feeling.
''I played in a grand final in my first year of footy in under-10s, but we lost, and then played in a few at the Swans,'' he said.
''At the time we were beating teams by a lot and the first time that I won, it wasn't a big thing, we won by a fair bit against Queanbeyan.
''Apart from being at the Swans, I'd really like to win one outside of the club and hopefully this year.''
O'Dwyer's signing comes as Tuggeranong has lured former South Adelaide onballer Brent Macleod north from his home town Geelong.
Despite rumours of an exit, Queanbeyan coach Kade Klemke will remain in charge of the reigning premiers and the club has re-signed Alex Jesaulenko Medallist Kaine Stevens.
Stevens had attracted interest from several SANFL clubs, but decided to stay put.
The Tigers have lost Alex Overs and grand final hero Daniel Campbell to the Shepparton Swans.
Meanwhile, the NEAFL has confirmed the inter-conference grand final will remain next season despite a few clubs raising concerns about its legitimacy as a decider.
It will remain as the last game of the season, a week after the conference finals.