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Central District has signed former Power Rookie Justin Hoskin and ex-North Melbourne ruckman Ben Mabon for season 2014.

By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Central District has signed former Power rookie Justin Hoskin and ex-North Melbourne ruckman Ben Mabon for season 2014.
Both delisted by their AFL clubs at the end of this season, Hoskin and Mabon will fill important roles for Bulldogs coach Roy Laird next year.
Used primarily by the Magpies as a running defender, Hoskin – 184cm and 79kg – can provide plenty of flexibility once he reaches peak fitness.
‘’He’s an athletic defender and midfielder who uses the ball extremely well,’’ Bulldogs chief executive Kris Grant said of the 22-year-old Hoskin.
‘’He’s deceptively tall which is another string in his bow. He’s actually a local boy from Paralowie so we are really pleased to do the deal.’’
With first-choice ruckman Seb Guilhaus heading up to Darwin, Mabon’s presence was seen as crucial given former Crows rookie Ben Dowdell is also no certainty to play at Elizabeth next year.
A good size at 200cm and 90kg, the 21-year-old has played senior football with VFL club North Ballarat.
‘’He’s reasonably athletic for his size, is very competitive and has a good attitude,’’ Grant said of Mabon.
‘’He’s originally from Hay (in NSW) and we have a connection there as Sam Milne knew him. Nathan Grima (former Bulldog playing with North Melbourne) also speaks highly of him.
‘’His (Mabon’s) issue was that he had (Todd) Goldstein, (Daniel) Currie and Majak Daw ahead of him and North would often just use Goldstein as their only ruckman.’’
With former Crows rookie Tim McIntyre and ex-Brisbane Lions forward Bryce Retzlaff also secured, Grant said Central was hopeful of signing more recruits this month.
‘’We are not far from a couple of others who we are a fair way down the track with,’’ Grant said.

By ZAC MILBANK (SANFL) | Twitter @zacmilbank

Both delisted by their AFL clubs at the end of this season, Hoskin and Mabon will fill important roles for Bulldogs coach Roy Laird next year.

Used primarily by the Magpies as a running defender, Hoskin – 184cm and 79kg – can provide plenty of flexibility once he reaches peak fitness.

‘’He’s an athletic defender and midfielder who uses the ball extremely well,’’ Bulldogs chief executive Kris Grant said of the 22-year-old Hoskin.

‘’He’s deceptively tall which is another string in his bow. He’s actually a local boy from Paralowie so we are really pleased to do the deal.’’

With first-choice ruckman Seb Guilhaus heading up to Darwin, Mabon’s presence was seen as crucial given former Crows rookie Ben Dowdell is also no certainty to play at Elizabeth next year.

A good size at 200cm and 90kg, the 21-year-old has played senior football with VFL club North Ballarat.

‘’He’s reasonably athletic for his size, is very competitive and has a good attitude,’’ Grant said of Mabon.

‘’He’s originally from Hay (in NSW) and we have a connection there as Sam Milne knew him. Nathan Grima (former Bulldog playing with North Melbourne) also speaks highly of him.

‘’His (Mabon’s) issue was that he had (Todd) Goldstein, (Daniel) Currie and Majak Daw ahead of him and North would often just use Goldstein as their only ruckman.’’

With former Crows rookie Tim McIntyre and ex-Brisbane Lions forward Bryce Retzlaff also secured, Grant said Central was hopeful of signing more recruits this month.

‘’We are not far from a couple of others who we are a fair way down the track with,’’ Grant said.

 
Justin Hoskin at Alberton in 2013  
 
Ben Mabon, an agile big man who is coming to Centrals from North Melbourne  

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