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Central District has rounded out an extensive recruiting campaign with the signature of former Gold Coast Sun Jacob Gillbee.

By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Central District has rounded out an extensive recruiting campaign with the signature of former Gold Coast Sun Jacob Gillbee.
Gillbee, who trained at Elizabeth for the first time on Wednesday night, played six AFL matches for the Suns after being selected at pick No.49 in the 2010 AFL National Draft.
The 21-year-old was considered a small forward at elite level but the Bulldogs plan for Gillbee to spend plenty of time through their midfield rotation.
‘’He’s a slightly built midfielder who does play a little tall,’’ Central chief executive Kris Grant said of Gillbee, 184cm and 76kg.
‘’That’s the area Roy (Laird) has been concentrating on, the midfield. In our successful years we were probably rotating about six or seven (players through the midfield). And we haven’t quite had the numbers recently. 
‘’Jacob seems a confident sort of a fella and has gained a lot of experience being drafted up there (Gold Coast). He has got quite a bit to offer and while he has only played six AFL games, he will be a senior player for us.
‘’Jacob can also kick goals so he will fit into our situation very well.’’
Yet another Tasmanian to land at Playford Alive Oval, Gillbee is from the same local club as fellow Bulldogs Cameron Milne and Tom Collier – Lauderdale FC.
‘’It’s funny sometimes the way it works out,’’ Grant said.
‘’In actual fact, Jacob’s sister goes out with (Crows-listed defender) Sam Siggins so he will be living with them.’’
As well as Gillbee, the Bulldogs have sandwiched the Christmas break with the signings of key forward Johann Wagner (23, 190cm, 92kg), ruckman Jacob Olssen (22, 198cm, 102kg) and full back Murray Stephenson (21, 193cm and 95kg).
Together with earlier additions Ben Mabon (North Melbourne), Justin Hoskin (Port Adelaide), Bryce Retzlaff (Box Hill) and Tim McIntyre (Sturt), the Bulldogs have now finalised their summer signings.
‘’It’s been a fairly hefty recruiting program,’’ Grant admitted.
‘’But we’re confident and happy with what we’ve got now.’’

By ZAC MILBANK (SANFL) | Twitter @zacmilbank

Gillbee, who trained at Elizabeth for the first time on Wednesday night, played six AFL matches for the Suns after being selected at pick No.49 in the 2010 AFL National Draft.

The 21-year-old was considered a small forward at elite level but the Bulldogs plan for Gillbee to spend plenty of time through their midfield rotation.

‘’He’s a slightly built midfielder who does play a little tall,’’ Central chief executive Kris Grant said of Gillbee, 184cm and 76kg.

‘’That’s the area Roy (Laird) has been concentrating on, the midfield. In our successful years we were probably rotating about six or seven (players through the midfield). And we haven’t quite had the numbers recently. 

‘’Jacob seems a confident sort of a fella and has gained a lot of experience being drafted up there (Gold Coast). He has got quite a bit to offer and while he has only played six AFL games, he will be a senior player for us.

‘’Jacob can also kick goals so he will fit into our situation very well.’’

Yet another Tasmanian to land at Playford Alive Oval, Gillbee is from the same local club as fellow Bulldogs Cameron Milne and Tom Collier – Lauderdale FC.

‘’It’s funny sometimes the way it works out,’’ Grant said.

‘’In actual fact, Jacob’s sister goes out with (Crows-listed defender) Sam Siggins so he will be living with them.’’

As well as Gillbee, the Bulldogs have sandwiched the Christmas break with the signings of key forward Johann Wagner (23, 190cm, 92kg), ruckman Jacob Olssen (22, 198cm, 102kg) and full back Murray Stevenson (21, 193cm and 95kg).

Together with earlier additions Ben Mabon (North Melbourne), Justin Hoskin (Port Adelaide), Bryce Retzlaff (Box Hill) and Tim McIntyre (Sturt), the Bulldogs have now finalised their summer signings.

‘’It’s been a fairly hefty recruiting program,’’ Grant admitted.

‘’But we’re confident and happy with what we’ve got now.’’

Gillbee, with ball in hand, for the Gold Coast Suns

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