Pearce set to start new chapter in Denmark
Denmark-Walpole Football Club are poised to sign 100-game Fremantle Dockers defender and dual WAFL premiership player Clancee Pearce for the 2018 Great Southern Football League season.
Recent discussions between Magpies coach Matt Candy and Pearce led to the former Docker indicating he wanted to leave Perth and make the town his new home.
Pearce spent the 2017 season on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season training with WAFL club Swan Districts, which he signed with after his 100-game, 36-goal AFL career.
The 27-year-old was delisted at the end of 2016 after eight seasons with the Dockers, his best year being 2012 when he played 24 games and averaged almost 20 disposals as a midfield-defender.
Speaking to the Albany Advertiser this week, Pearce confirmed he was 100 per cent committed to the club and was confident of relocation before Christmas.
“Denmark was always a holiday destination growing up and I love my fishing,” he said.
“The region really appeals to me and I’m hoping to start a new chapter in my life with my two young girls and my partner.
“The plan was to always get to a country town and Denmark got in contact with me and I’m pretty much over the line. It’s Denmark or bust, I don’t want to live in Albany and I’ve just got to finalise a few work details and some relocation in the coming weeks.”
Pearce said suffering the serious knee injury in January this year had him questioning if he would play again.
“Missing last year with the ACL I was kind of like I’m done,” he said.
“But when Denmark came about I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it’.
“I’m basically right to start pre-season if it was tomorrow and I can’t wait to get down and help Denmark improve.
“I’m not going to do this half-hearted, I think I’ll work with the midfield group and be an assistant to Matt next season and then perhaps take the reins over after that.”
Pearce would be one of the biggest coups in the recent GSFL history and a major boost to the Magpies’ flag hopes after they missed the finals this season.
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