Win, win, we got McGlynn

By Andrew Johnston

ECHUCA’S best list in years just got better.

Former Sydney Swans and Hawthorn player Ben McGlynn has joined the Echuca Football Club for the remainder of the 2018 season.

McGlynn works for St Kilda as an assistant and development coach, a role he will continue.

However, the role does not require McGlynn to be involved on matchday, leaving his weekends free.

It means he is likely to make a number of appearances.

While it is unclear exactly how many games he will play, the Echuca Murray Bombers believe he will be a major addition to the club.

Echuca FNC recruiting team member Andrew Thomson said it was a long process to get McGlynn to the club.

“We’ve been in discussions since December,” Thomson said.

“Due to his role with St Kilda, a lot of those discussions have been around getting into line with his commitments and thankfully that has worked out.”

Echuca president Ash Byrne said McGlynn’s skills in development made him a perfect fit for the club.

“Ben has great skills when it comes to teaching the guys on the field,” he said.

“Adding that to his work as a player, we believe he will be a perfect fit to the group to work with an already very skilled list to help develop our playing group.”

McGlynn’s desire to join the club was partially motivated by close friend Andrew Walker.

“He’s expressed to us an interest to play with Andrew, they have a really close relationship that goes back to their Bendigo Pioneers days,” Thomson said.

Walker said he was ecstatic to have his mate at the club.

‘‘Benny is a close mate of mine from our TAC Cup days,’’ he said.

‘‘We were great mates at the Pioneers, we basically lived together when we were in Bendigo playing footy.

‘‘I floated the idea of us getting to play together after all these years of being opposition at the top level. It will be great to have him as a part of what will hopefully be a great second part of the season.’’

Walker said McGlynn’s role at St Kilda made him a great addition to the club.

‘‘It’s something that’s been cooking in the background since the coaching changes,’’ he said.

‘‘Ben and I were in the same roles in development — he was at St Kilda and I was at Carlton — so I knew what he would bring to the table.’’

Thomson believes McGlynn will be a major addition to the club’s culture.

“When you recruit anybody, you want to first make sure they are a good person and have good values,” he said.

“Ben doesn’t just want to be a fly in, fly out player. He wants to bring his family up when he plays. He wants to be around the club. It’s pretty clear to us he has the kind of values we want involved in the club.”

McGlynn played 171 AFL games for 195 goals with Sydney and Hawthorn.