Box Hill Hawks are pleased to announce Club captain Andrew Moore has agreed to terms to return for the 2019 VFL season.
The capture of the skipper’s signature adds an exclamation mark to a whirlwind month for the Hawks, who just two weeks ago became the first team to win the VFL premiership from outside the top four since the introduction of the final eight.
“It was an extraordinary end to the season and one we’ve worked towards for two years. Personally and collectively it was such a satisfying thing to be a part of,” Moore said.
“Whilst there are always things to consider and weigh up at this time of year both the head and the heart was saying Box Hill.
“As such, I’m really pleased to commit to the Club for what already shapes as a big 2019.
“Just two weeks removed from the Grand Final you start to wonder what next year looks like, then realise wholeheartedly you want to be a part of it.”
Moore’s signing is both an endorsement of the Hawks’ program and a key pillar in the Club’s recruiting and list strategy heading into pre-season.
Box Hill General Manager Daniel Napoli spoke of Moore’s influence, citing the midfielder’s value both on and off field.
“We’ve seen just how big an influence ‘Moorey’ has had on our group over the past two seasons and retaining his services for 2019 is outstanding for us.
“We’re cognisant that work, life and family commitments are a reality for all of our players, but are thrilled that Andrew’s VFL journey is to continue with Box Hill.
“As a club we pride ourselves on creating a pathway into senior VFL football and, hopefully, beyond, but being able to do that hinges on supporting those developing players with experienced heads the likes of ‘Moorey.’
“With his ability to lead by example in the manner that he trains, prepares and plays, it goes without saying our captain ticks all those boxes.”
Moore joined the Brown and Gold at the close of the 2016 season and was immediately voted into the Hawks’ leadership group for the 2017 campaign.
On field he enjoyed a stellar debut year at City Oval, finishing second in the Club’s best and fairest, representing the VFL in state competition and winning VFL Team of the Year selection.
He was elevated to the role of captain for the season just past following the departure of David Mirra and capped another standout year by leading the Hawks to their third VFL premiership.
Moore has played 35 games for the Hawks across two seasons and averaged 26 disposals in his 17 matches in 2018.