Sam the man for raiders

March 07, 2018

CLUB legend and former captain Sam McAllan has returned to the Moama Echuca Border Raiders, even if he has to share his time between codes.

McAllan and multi-talented Tehumarie ‘TJ’ Callander have re-joined the Raiders, although both will continue to play footy in the Murray Football League for Echuca United.

Raiders head coach Darryl Brown said he couldn’t be happier to have the two stars back on board.

‘‘(TJ) played a few games for us last year, but predominantly he was playing football. So he’s come back along with Sam, they’re back both to play this year for us,’’ he said.

‘‘TJ’s an outstanding player, and Sam is one of the best defenders the club has had.’’

McAllan said he was pleased to be back involved with the club and looked forward to lending a hand at training with the development of young talent that could break into the first team, such as young gun Paddy Mathers.

McAllan also has roots in the Echuca community, with his business, Sam McAllan Electrical, based there.

The news of the two new signings came about after an intra-club match was played on Sunday at Jack Eddy Oval.

Brown said the side was scheduled to play Shepparton South but the Raiders could not get enough players to field a team.

‘‘It wasn’t a huge turnout, but it was good to get a few doing a referee course as well as a game going,’’ he said.

‘‘It was also a chance to try some youngsters in amongst the first team. They’re really starting to fit in the side, the older guys have accepted them, which is great, and now they’re getting some game time.’’

The head coach said it will give him a welcome selection headache ahead of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, which starts on April 8 against Swan Hill.

Swan Hill finished seventh last year on the BASL ladder.

‘‘They (juniors) will be knocking on the door of the first team now, and they want to run around with the seniors. It gives us a selection headache, which is fine by me — we still have to sort things out before the season starts,’’ Brown said.

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