Dynamic defender Steven Edwards has returned home to Albany and will be a major boost to Royals’ hopes of ending their premiership drought in the 2019 Great Southern Football League season.
Edwards has played 60 WAFL league games in a six-year period at State level, comprising stints at Claremont and, more recently, South Fremantle.
The dashing half-back was a key part of the Bulldogs’ success last season, playing 15 league games in total.
In 2017 he was one of the best defenders in the WAFL competition, averaging 17 touches in 19 games and was named in the WAFL Team of the Year.
However, the decision to return home to Albany will see him link up with his junior club, Royals, ahead of the new season.
The 23-year-old dominated at underage level before being part of the WA State 18s academy in 2013. Edwards was cleared back to the Lions last month and will be a key part of their campaign under new coach Andrew Ruck.
The Lions have also been strengthened by the recruitment of Jordan Heil from Narrogin in the Upper Great Southern Football League.
Heil played reserves for South Fremantle and was one of Narrogin Hawks’ best players last season, playing 15 games and kicking 15 goals.