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Football: Bulls add AFL star to their list
Phil Read gets a handpass away under pressure from Nic Naitanui when Subiaco played Swan Districts in the WAFL in 2008.

Former AFL tough-man Phil Read is set to play for the Harvey Bulls — the second high-profile player transfer to the South West Football League ahead of the 2011 season.

Read, 31, last week had his papers received by league officials outlining a transfer from WAFL club Subiaco to the Bulls.

He will become the sixth defector from the Lions to play for Harvey since their inception into the SWFL two years ago.

Read made 110 AFL appearances with the West Coast Eagles and Melbourne Demons between 1998 and 2006 and was renowned for his niggling style.

Bulls president Michael Zappia said that the club was delighted to have agreed to terms with Read.

‘‘He’s going to be good for our boys and for our juniors, and all of our members and supporters,’’ Zappia said.

WA football fans will remember Read for his role in an infamous western derby fight 11 years ago — that has since been dubbed the ‘‘Demolition Derby’’ — that saw Fremantle on-baller Dale Kickett suspended for nine weeks, and Read for two.

Zappia also confirmed that 2010 SWFL leading goal-kicker and four-time WAFL Bernie Naylor medallist Brad Smith will play for the Bulls again, as will other recruits Sam Larkins, Caine Hayes and Jarrod Schofield.

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