Purcell leaves Dees

October 25, 2017

Aaron Purcell in action for Jerilderie.

Jerilderie senior games record holder Aaron Purcell will trade his Demons colours to join the Deni Rovers in the 2018 Picola League season.

The 39 year-old Purcell leaves the Demons after 318 senior games for the club, winning seven premierships during his time.

The veteran forward is best known for kicking 222 goals in one season for the Dees in 2013, the fifth most goals in a season in any league, and was a part of Jerilderie’s recent three-peat flag wins from 2012-2014.

Purcell will once again play under former Jerilderie premiership coach Josh Bode, who led the Dees for two years of Jerilderie’s historic three-peat Picola League flag wins.

While saying goodbye to the Demons was a tough decision for the decorated forward, he was also quite excited to join the Roos.

‘‘I was planning to retire before Josh (Bode) gave me a call,’’ he said.

‘‘My son (Deagan) lives in Deni and will be playing for them, so it was a decision based on family.

‘‘It will be a good change for me as well, so hopefully I can play my role for the side.

‘‘The body is getting a bit older so this will probably be my last season of footy.’’

Purcell was one of three Rovers recruits recently announced to be joining the Roos, with Picola United’s Des Morgan and Murray Bushrangers’ Dave Smith also joining the Rovers.

Bode said that Purcell was near the top of his list when looking at possible recruits.

‘‘We identified early that we need A graders to join us if we wanted to chase a flag,’’ he said.

‘‘Aaron (Purcell) will add goal kicking power and a wealth of experience. He might be 39 but he’ll be massive for us.

‘‘I’ve been lucky enough to coach Aaron before so I’m excited to have him join us.’’

Purcell said that while he is leaving, Jerilderie will always be his home club.

‘‘I’m definitely going to miss the club,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve made lots of friends at the Demons so not playing with my mates is a big thing I’m going to miss.

‘‘I haven’t considered returning to play for the Demons in 2019.

‘‘I might hang up the boots, so hopefully I can win a flag with the Rovers next year and finish my career on top.

‘‘I will certainly go back and support the Demons after I retire from footy.’’

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