Central's new Ruckman talks about his move to SA

By Ella Watson

Recruited from Footscray Football Club in the VFL, Darcy Fort 22, is set to be Central’s new Ruckman.

At 203cm, Darcy is considerably taller than most of his competition and is a great pick up for Central. Especially after the club parted ways with their former ruckman late last year.

Darcy has moved to South Australia with his younger brother Fraser who has also been recruited by Centrals as a key defender.

Darcy started out his junior football at South Barwon in the Geelong league before progressing to the Geelong Falcons in Under 18’s where he played in the TAC Cup Competition (Victoria’s Premier U18’s competition).
“I grew up in Geelong and played for South Barwon in the GFL [Geelong Football League] and then eventually for Geelong Falcons in under 18’s.”

“I loved it playing as a 19-year-old I was one of the bigger blokes, it’s probably the most fun I’ve had playing football I reckon.”

He made his move into the VFL in 2013 after being picked up by Werribee, he had a stellar year and was rewarded as the clubs ‘Best First Year Player.’

In 2014 Darcy was recruited by Footscray Football Club in the VFL he played at the club for two years.

“The Coach [at Footscray] is a family friend, he rang and asked if I wanted to come across.”

Then at the end of last year Darcy was recruited by Central District Football Club.

Moving to South Australia with his brother is a new experience for Darcy and he admits he knew little about the SANFL before moving here, but is expecting a tough competition and a more team orientated club.

“To be honest I haven’t see much of it, I’m still waiting to see, but I think it will be tough.”

“There are only two AFL aligned clubs, I think it’s a lot more team orientated football, so it will be good to see.”

Darcy plans to study Civil Engineering at the University of South Australia this year and is just waiting on confirmation from the university of his transfer.

The most difficult part of the move to Centrals for the brothers has been finding a house.

“It was good once we got a house, now we are all settled in it’s really good, there was a time there when we were staying at other people’s houses and living rough.”

Now they are living together the brothers are learning to co-exist which Darcy admits has been interesting at times.

“Yeah it’s alright, there has been a few fights, but nothing too bad.”

“Mum was pretty distraught losing two sons to SA, but I think they were all pretty keen on me going out there and giving it a shot.”

“I have an older brother as well, but he’s not as good at football, make sure you put that in there.”

When the season starts Darcy will be rucking as no.30, a number he was very pleased to get.

“It was the number from my local club, a few people when they saw it said what are you doing, but I like the bigger numbers.”

It also happens to be the number worn by 2010 Central Premiership Ruckman “Pumpa” Sutherland.

Darcy has been described as an invaluable player around stoppages and supper competitive both in the air and when the ball hits the ground.

He says he is definitely feeling some pressure to go out and perform and get the ball into the hands of the midfielders, but is determined to perform well.

“In my mind it’s the most important role on the field, but probably everyone on the field feels like that.”

Darcy likes to think of himself as a smart player, he prefers to hang around the midfield, he enjoys pushing the ball forward and relishes opportunities to score a goal although admits that isn’t his strongest point.

“I’m tall and pretty aggressive out on the field, I’m not overly athletic or quick, but I play smart.”

“I like going forward, I like kicking goals I’m just not as good at it.”

Pre-season training is now underway and Darcy is finding training at Centrals is very different to what he was used to in the VFL.

“It’s tough, they run that much harder over here and spend longer on the track, it’s heaps different.”

“It’s a good chance to play good football at a good club, and a good chance to play in a premiership.”

 Darcy Fort, plying his trade in the VFL last season. The 203cm ruckman is familiar with Bulldog Colours

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