Tigers land experienced recruit as Wilson returns home
THE Portland Football Club has landed its first big fish of the offseason, with home-grown recruit Jake Wilson signing on to the Hampden Football League club for three years as an assistant coach.
Wilson, 27, has spent the past nine years playing football in the Victorian Football League – with Williamstown and Werribee – and South Australian National Football League with West Adelaide.
The 194cm defender moved to Melbourne at the age of 18 and began his VFL career with Williamstown before moving on to Werribee, playing more than 50 games for the latter and representing Victoria twice.
Prior to his move, Wilson played five senior games for the Tigers while also playing in the 2008 under-18s grand final in the Western Border Football League, after playing his junior football at West Portland.
Wilson said he’s ecstatic to be back in Portland.
“I just wanted to be close to my family (dad and mum Barry and Cheryl) and with the few injuries I’ve had over the last couple of years it was time to come back to local footy and finish my career here,” Wilson said.