Thursday 24 March 2011

Mt Gravatt have suffered a blow on the eve of the season with talented utility Dean Page remaining in Perth for employment reasons.

Page was as good as any player in the competition over the season half of last year, dominating in the midfield and moving forward in the second half of games to kick bags of goals.

A former WAFL player with South Fremantle moving north to the mining towns and then east to Queensland, he was expected back in Brisbane last week.

However, Page rang Vultures coach David Lake on Monday night to inform the club he had been made a job offer too good to refuse. Page had spent the summer back in Perth.

Lake is still happy with the personnel he has at his disposal and was upbeat with their performances in the Club Aid pre-season competition.

While they were blitzed early by Morningside in last Saturday’s 40-minute clash with the reigning premiers, Lake found plenty to like with the way a number of his players responded.

With midfielders of the class of Ash Evans, Mick Hamill, Nathan Gilliland, Rory Lake and Albert Proud building their games at the right time of year, the Vultures are well prepared for their Round 1 clash with the Gold Coast Suns at Broadbeach on Saturday week.

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