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Swan Districts sign George Hampson, Josh Simpson for 2019 season

A couple of former Sharks, George Hampson and Josh Simpson, have committed to Swan Districts for 2019.

Swans missed out on de-listed Docker Brady Grey’s signature but were thrilled Hampson and Simpson would wear black and white next season.

Reigning Lynn medallist Hampson said yesterday he was still reeling from new East Fremantle coach Bill Monaghan’s decision to dump him after only three pre-season training sessions under his watch.

“A little bit surprised, not what I wanted,” Hampson told SportFM. “I wanted to finish my career at East Fremantle.

“I was really excited about a new start with a new coach. Bill made his intentions quite clear. Neither I or the playing group has been provided an explanation as to what has happened.

“I am at a bit of a loss. I’m really looking forward to a fresh start (at Swans). One door closes, another one opens.”

Fremantle’s top pick in the 2012 draft, Simpson has not played in the WAFL since parting ways with East Fremantle in 2016 and has spent the past few years in Geraldton.

Ex-Docker Josh Simpson playing country football in Geraldton.Ex-Docker Josh Simpson playing country football in Geraldton.
Camera IconEx-Docker Josh Simpson playing country football in Geraldton.

Swan Districts coach Adam Pickering said he was thrilled to get the 24-year-old to Bassendean.

“He’s sorted some stuff out off the field that was sort of holding him back early on and matured a bit,” Pickering said.

“He’s a lovely guy, a really likeable fella, so we are happy to give him another go and hopefully it works out for both parties.

“He’ll play half-forward, maybe forward pocket until he builds his fitness up.

“Then if he gets his legs under him we’d love to see him out on the wing. He’s pretty quick and he uses the ball really well.

“We just want to help him get his footy back on track and play at the highest level he can.”

The Swans have lost Kirk Ugle, Todd Banfield and Jarrad Blight, while Matt Rogers has crossed to Perth.

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