The Box Hill Hawks are pleased to announce the re-signing of Andrew Moore for the 2018 season.
With pre-season well underway and the fixture charting a round one collision with Williamstown, the capture of Moore’s signature locks away a vital piece of coach Chris Newman’s on-ball brigade, in addition to shoring up the Club’s leadership stocks ahead of the new campaign.
On his decision to return, Moore spoke of the culture the Club has built and how finals heartbreak is spurring him on.
“Both on and off the field I loved the year. I’ve loved the experience to date and therefore it was a pretty easy decision to re-sign.
“Getting knocked out in the preliminary final like we did hasn’t sat well with me and it continues to drive me to get better and go further.
“For me, we have some unfinished business.”
Whilst his teammates have endured a bumper training schedule prior to Christmas, Moore’s own preparations for 2018 have been via a modified program – to this point at least – following post-season surgery.
“I’m a few weeks behind the rest of the guys after having my operation.
“I’ve just started running a few laps and will increase that workload pretty quickly. I shouldn’t miss too much more and will be ready to go when training resumes in mid-January.”
Following a belated start to his 2017 season on account of a knee injury, Moore enjoyed a stellar debut campaign in Brown and Gold, leading his team in total disposals and clearances, winning VFL Team of the Year honours and finishing runner-up in the Col Austen Trophy.
Satisfied, heartened but hardly contented by personal achievements alone, Moore’s biggest highlight was the development of and exposure afforded to so many of his young teammates; and that philosophy is something the midfielder is keen to support and endorse when and wherever possible.
“Being able to play some decent and consistent team football throughout the year was such a highlight for me,” Moore says.
“The biggest (highlight) was seeing so many young Box Hill players step into the seniors and not look one bit out of place.
“It’s such a credit to the dedication that these boys have, as well as the program Box Hill provide.
“I’m really looking forward to raising the bar again and challenging the boys to improve even more.”
It is in this space that 2018 shapes as a big year for more on and off field.
“My aims and goals are to continue developing my leadership skills and help out the coaching department where possible.
“I’m keen to get some exposure in that field and ‘Newy’ is a great coach to learn off.”
And the biggest prize?
“The main aim for 2018 is a premiership. Anything less and I’ll be disappointed.”