Harrington departure no killer blow for Lions

MOVING ON: Former best and fairest Liam Harrington will not be at Whorouly in 2015, returning to O&M club Wangaratta.

WHILE disappointed to lose one of his club’s best players, Whorouly coach Scott McMasters is confident the departure of Liam Harrington won’t hurt the Lions too badly in 2015.

Harrington, who took out the club’s best and fairest award in 2010 and was also named the Ovens and King Football League’s Most Valuable Player the same year, has returned to the Ovens and Murray to play with Wangaratta, where he was a premiership player in 2007.

McMasters said he had mixed feelings about losing Harrington.

“Obviously it’s a blow to lose a bloke like that,” McMasters said.

“It’s very hard to recruit players of his calibre.

“I’m disappointed he’s not playing for us next year, but at the same time I’m definitely happy for him to have another crack at O&M.

“He has been a great player for us over the past five years, and just a terrific bloke as well.

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