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Kayler-Thomson now part of the Lions den
New Subiaco recruit Jarrod Kayler-Thomson. Pic: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

Subiaco have scored an early recruiting coup for 2013 by signing classy Perth utility player Jarrod Kayler-Thomson.

Kayler-Thomson gained an automatic release from the Demons, having met two of the WAFL's three clearance criteria by being older than 24 and having spent more than five seasons with Perth.

The 27-year-old, who played three AFL games for Hawthorn in 2010, notched 108 matches for the Demons after making his debut in 2005.

Kayler-Thomson had his season cut short in 2012, restricted to two games by a shoulder injury which needed surgery.

Before that Kayler-Thomson forged a name for himself in the WAFL as a raking left-footer with pace, vision and goal sense who could turn a game off his own boot.

He was a member of the Black Swans side which crushed Queensland by 73-points in the 2008 State game in Townsville.

Two years later he notched one NAB Cup match and three regular season games for the Hawks after being promoted off the club's rookie list before the start of the season.

Although he found it tough to tell Perth teammates and coach Damien McMahon of his decision, Kayler-Thomson said he felt the time was right for a fresh WAFL challenge.

"They were supportive of it to a certain degree and could understand the reasons why," he said.

"To have that change of environment and I'm just really excited to be part of Subiaco now.

"I think I have four or five years of State league football left in me and I could only see that happening if I left Perth and went to another club."

The chance to play finals with Subiaco, beaten grand finalists in 2011 and premiers in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, was another lure for Kayler-Thomson.

Coach Jarrad Schofield said Kayler-Thomson had plenty to offer Subiaco

"Obviously Jarrod's experienced at WAFL level, having played more than 100 games, and he's been in the AFL system and a quality footballer," Schofield said.

"He will definitely add to our group."

The West Australian

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