Tigers won t stand in Gillespie s way
Tigers won't stand in Gillespie's way

Tall Claremont utility player Alistair Gillespie is set to line up for a rival WAFL club in 2013.

Gillespie, frustrated at a lack of opportunity in the Tigers' league team, has had talks with Subiaco and South Fremantle.

The 23-year-old played six league games and 35 reserves games in the past two seasons, when he was a member of the 2011 and 2012 reserves premiership sides.

Gillespie kicked six goals and won the Merv McIntosh Medal as the best player on the ground in the reserves grand final this year.

He also played four Foxtel Cup matches in 2012.

Tigers football manager Dean Horsington said a deal was still to be struck but confirmed Gillespie was looking for a new WAFL home.

The club understood why Gillespie wanted to change clubs.

"We would have liked Alistair to stay and felt there was an opportunity for him here next year," Horsington said.

"But we understand why he has gone and he leaves on good terms."

If Gillespie chose the Bulldogs, he would join other former Claremont players Ben Saunders, Jayden Woods and Dylan Ross.

Saunders, who also found it hard to break into the Tigers' league team, had a breakout season with South Fremantle in 2012.

The strong-marking forward from Mt Barker won the Bernie Naylor Medal as the league's leading goal kicker with 66 majors.

Horsington said experienced trio David Crawford, Trinity Handley and Andrew Foster had decided to play on in 2013 and former Fremantle squad member Casey Sibosado would return to the Tigers next season after stints with Perth and South Fremantle.

Handley, Foster and Crawford played in the Tigers premiership sides of 2011 and 2012.

"David, Andrew and Trinity are all at the top of their game at the moment so it is pleasing to be able to hang on to them," Horsington said.

"We always said to Casey Sibosado we would leave the door open and we have stuck to our word."

·Classy midfielder Ross Young is yet to decide if he will play on with Perth next year but star recruits Leon Davis and Paul Bevan will line up for the Demons again.

Perth chief executive Marty Atkins said Young, widely tipped to be returning home to Victoria, was on holidays and yet to make a decision on his playing future.

He said if Young decided to stay in WA, he would play for Perth.

Atkins said Davis and his manager had confirmed the former Coll- ingwood star would play for Perth in 2013 and not Northam where he started his career.

The West Australian

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