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Marwick move tests Tigers’ depth

Railways have copped a major blow in the lead-up to the new Great Southern Football League season with dual Kleemann medallist and star on-baller Zane Marwick moving to Perth.

Marwick has been a terrific servant for the Tigers over the past few years, part of their league premiership teams in 2012 and 2013 and winning the GSFL’s highest individual honour as the best and fairest player in 2015 and 2017.

Marwick, a multiple Tigers fairest and best winner, moved to Perth last week and although unsure where he will play football this season, it appears it won’t be in the GSFL.

It leaves the Tigers and new coach Troy Leo with a big void to fill in the midfield despite still having last season’s Kleemann Medal winner Joel Want.

The news comes on top of the already known losses of key trio Kenton Gibbs, Tom Wolfe and Nelson Kent.

Gibbs won the Sean Plaisted Medal as the competition’s leading goal kicker in 2018, booting 43 goals at centre-half-forward.

That performance led Gibbs to Claremont in the WAFL, where he is on their senior list and on his way back from injury.

Wolfe and Kent also moved to Perth to play colts for Claremont.

Katanning ball winner Kane Shephard is one of the Tigers big additions in 2019, joining a number of former Upper Great Southern Football League players at various teams in the competition.

The Tigers will face North Albany in a special grand final rematch on Anzac Day next Thursday to open the 2019 season.

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