On road home

September 27, 2017

Shepparton Swans premiership hero Andrew Riordan is heading home.

The star defender is leaving the Goulburn Valley League club, where he has spent the past five seasons, to play at his junior club Katandra next season.

Riordan has signed on at the Picola District Football League south-east club as a playing assistant coach.

Ramadan Yze, who has co-coached the Kats for the past two seasons with Sam Ahmet, will be Katandra’s sole coach next season.

Riordan’s signing is a huge coup for Katandra, which finished with the wooden spoon this year after winning just one game.

A defender, who can push forward, Riordan is a multiple interleague player for the Goulburn Valley and played a crucial role in the Swans’ 2014 flag — the club’s first in 44 years.

Katandra confirmed the news on its Facebook page on Saturday.

‘‘Having played his juniors with the club, the Katandra product returns following a successful stint in the GVL,’’ the statement read.

‘‘After being part the 2014 senior premiership at the Shepparton Swans, Andrew brings great leadership and experience to the young developing list and is determined to have an impact in the 2018 season.

‘‘Riordo will join newly announced seniors coach Rum Yze.

‘‘This is an exciting new chapter for our club and we welcome him back home to Katandra.’’

Riordan also plays cricket for Katandra’s A-grade team in the Haisman Shield, with the Eagles looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss in last season’s grand final against Old Students.

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