Settled Seddon wins Syd Guildford nom

By Grant Hitzman

Simon Seddon has played at three different clubs in the last three years, but it seems the well travelled Victorian has finally settled down and found the perfect fit at Labrador.

The hard bodied 25-year old was instrumental in the Tiger’s 75-point demolition of Western Magpies over the weekend, a dominant display earning him the Round 17 Syd Guildford Trophy nomination.

“I thought it was one of my best games I’ve had all year, and to be honest, it was probably the best game the team has played all year as well,” Seddon said.

Seddon, who played three seasons with Goulborn Valley Football League club, Kyabram, made the move to Queensland in 2012, where he joined NEAFL club, Southport. 

Following the move, the Kyabram product decided to head back to Victoria in 2013 and rejoin his beloved Bombers after convincing Sharks teammates, Brett Davis and Beau Runnalls to accompany him.

“I felt like it was time for a move (away from Victoria), and I was originally going to play in Darwin, but my mate Josh Baxter ended up luring me to Southport,” Seddon said.

“It was a combination of things around work, life and family to go back to Victoria, and when Brett and Beau came on board the deal was sealed,” Seddon said.

But the homecoming was short-lived for Seddon, who admitted that the bitter Melbourne weather had got the better of him.

“I just couldn’t stand the cold anymore, and I already had a few mates in Queensland, so I decided to come and join Labrador,” he said.

Seddon has been a breath of fresh air for Labrador in 2014, playing a variety of roles to accommodate the Tigers new and youthful playing list.

“I think at the start of the year, there were something like 18 new players, so blokes were changing positions a bit,” Seddon said.

“I’ve been playing everywhere, midfield, sweeping back, across the flanks and plenty of full forward.”

The versatile Tiger has booted 39 goals from 16 games in 2014 and has won a few games for Labrador off his own boot. 

With one week to go until the Finals series, Seddon is confident that the Tigers have all the tools to make a legitimate run at a flag in September.

“I think we have all the tools to really test the top teams and we are definitely gelling at the right time of the year, so I think we can give it a real crack,” he said.

Labrador will clash with Broadbeach this week at Cooke-Murphy Oval in a huge game for both clubs. The winner will claim third spot on the ladder and avoid an elimination game in Week 1 of finals. 

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