By Beth Newman
Luke Scott’s career will come full circle in 2015, with the Redland Bomber returning to the Western Magpies.
A dual premiership player with the Magpies, Scott has spent the past four seasons in the NEAFL, with Mt Gravatt and Redland.
Scott said it wasn’t an easy decision to leave the Bombers after just one season.
“It was really hard decision with Redland, which is a great club, with great supporters, great people – just a shame it could only be for 12 months.
“I had to weigh up travel commitments required at that level.
“The Magpies were where my football coarser started and I’d like to go home and finish it off.”
The 28 year-old is hoping to bring his experience gained in the NEAFL back to help the next generation of Magpies players.
“I think I can help educate and mentor the players while still having a bit of a leadership role there,” he said.
“I’m happy to pass on the knowledge I’ve gained over the last four years to the players at the Magpies. “
The recruitment of Scott is a major coup for the magpies, who needed an injection of experience heading into their 2015 season.
Scott is one of a number of NEAFL players who could be turning up thine QAFL in 2015 and said the lure of playing in Queensland each week was a key factor in his decision.
“Not taking anything away from the NEAFL, but it’s a big commitment, with the travel involved every second week almost, you’ll find some players will like to stay locally and help grow the [QAFL] into another great competition.
Club stalwart, Tim McEvoy, is also returning to the Magpies ranks after a year in retirement.
McEvoy has played over 150 games for the Magpies, including three premierships and his return will add an extra dose of the experience the magpies are looking for in 2015
The Magpies have also added to their coaching staff, shoring up their development ranks, with Quentin Johnson to coach their Colts side in 2015.