Glenorchy Knights are pleased to announce the signing of Shae Hickey for the 2014 Victory League season.
Hickey joins Glenorchy Knights after a very successful 2013 season as Vice-Captain of South Hobart.
Hickey spent six decorated seasons at South Hobart, an extremely successful period for the club that saw Hickey enjoy much team and individual success, including five Southern Premier League titles, three state titles as well as the inaugural Victory League and Victory Cup in his tenure at South Hobart.
The 2012 Vic Tuting Medallist leaves the club with fond memories of his time at Darcy Street.
“My time at South Hobart has been amazing, and in the last 6 years the club has achieved more than I could have possibly hoped for when I initially arrived.
“I feel like I have developed as a player during my time at South Hobart thanks to first class coaching and I have been fortunate to play with some of the best Tasmanian players in the last decade,” Hickey said.
“I wanted to leave South Hobart while I was playing well and had nothing but positive feelings towards the club and its people,” Hickey added.
Despite playing well and enjoying his time at South Hobart, Hickey saw 2014 as an appropriate time for a move.
“I have reached a stage of my career where I need rejuvenation, and I believe that the Glenorchy Knights are able to provide me with new challenges and a renewed drive.”
Hickey began his senior football career at Glenorchy Knights in 2001 at 16 years of age.
“Before I played for South Hobart I had 5 fantastic years at the Glenorchy knights, and it was only geography and friendship that lured me away at the end of 2007.”
The transfer means Hickey will be reunited with the Coach that gave him his first senior start.
“Chris is the coach that plucked me off the bench of the under 23’s and promoted me to the firsts. I have a lot of admiration for Chris as a person and as a coach, so a return to the Glenorchy Knights fits my narrative very well.
Hickey comes from a successful winning culture at South Hobart and has high hopes for the young Glenorchy group he is joining.
“I believe that the Glenorchy Knights took a large step forward last year and produced a mature and aesthetic brand of football. They have some exciting players and a passion that means that they can never be discounted.
“I strongly believe that in 2014 the Glenorchy Knights will go to another level. We have a dedicated and knowledgeable coach, the committee is helping to instil the level of professionalism needed to succeed, and the playing list is really gathering momentum,” Hickey said.
Glenorchy Knights President Paul Woodham welcomed the homecoming of Hickey.
“Glenorchy Knights are extremely pleased to welcome Shae back to the club, re-joining us for what we see as an exciting period for the club moving forward.
“Shae’s (Hickey) playing resume speaks for itself but one of the motives behind us chasing Shae (Hickey) was his strong leadership and what his football wisdom could bring to our young playing group,” Woodham said.
2013 Captain and Mitsubishi Motors Best and Fairest, Jayden Hey has been linked with a move to Melbourne but will share the captaincy with the incoming Shae Hickey if he does remain at the club in 2014.
“We felt it was fitting to have Jayden (Hey) alongside Shae (Hickey) in the role as he can learn from Shae’s wealth of experience and develop well as a leader,” Woodham said.
“We feel as dual captains they can function really well as the leaders of our club,” Woodham added.
Glenorchy Knights Coach Chris Hey said he pursued Hickey’s signature for years and is excited to have finally got his man.
“Shae (Hickey) is a player you can build a team around, his game sense and ability to pick out a pass is exceptional, he has special qualities that very few players possess.
“We believe we have a good young squad at Glenorchy, that showed that in glimpses this season but the addition of Shae (Hickey) will only assist their development and we are hopeful we will see a rise from our group in season two of the Victory League,” Hey said.
Hickey cannot formally pen his commitment to Glenorchy until the new registration period that commences on January 1, 2014