Former VFL stars and best mates Ash Humphrey and Lachlan Butler have opted for a tree change this football season, signing on with the Maryborough Football Netball Club (MFNC) for 2019.
Butler and Humphrey have found themselves at their new rural home thanks to encouragement from Maryborough’s club chaplain, Jim McMillan.
“Knowing the type of guy that Jim is and really valuing his opinion and also his company was the biggest drawing card for us to come out,” Butler said.
“And to come with one of my best mates, Ash, and play footy with him I’m really excited and really looking forward to it.”
The Melbourne natives hit the track with the Pies for the first time on Wednesday night and said they are “really excited” to work with senior coach Ben Lavars.
“I’m coming into it off the back of recent success with my local club, we had a good bunch of boys out there but I’m even more excited for this next year to help out Maryborough,” Butler, a former Sandringham Dragons midfielder said.
“Meeting Ben for the first time, I was really impressed. Even just speaking over the phone, I was really impressed by his attitude. He puts a real importance on culture, which is really exciting.”
Butler (21) and Humphrey (30) have a similar amount of experience behind the ball despite the age gap between them as Humphrey dropped the sport to try his hand at athletics before returning last year.
“I had a few years off football and pursued my athletics,” Butler said.
“I competed at a national level in the 800 metres, but I came back to play footy last year at Glenrowan in the country. It was a really successful club, they’ve won four premierships in a row.
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