By Paul Amy | Bayside Leader
CALLUM Cathcart was a Sandringham Dragon in 2012-13.
Now he’s a Sandringham Zebra, signing to play in the VFL after three years with St Pauls in the Southern league.
The left-footer made his name in the TAC Cup as a crafty goalkicking forward (in his first match for the Dragons he slotted a goal after the siren to seal victory for his team).
Sandy coach Lindsay Gilbee can see it, quickly coming to think of Cathcart as a “natural footballer’’.
“He’s a very creative little player, he gets to the right positions, he makes good decisions with the footy,’’ he said.
“I think he’s going to be a valuable contributor at Sandringham, not this year, but for many years to come. He’s got a little bit of flair about him, which I like. That’s something we won’t take out of his game.’’
Aside from Cathcart’s obvious ability, Gilbee has been impressed by his application over summer.
“Since day one, when he rocked up for the pre-season, he’s been very diligent. He hasn’t missed a session,’’ he said.
“He’s really had a crack, and that’s all I can ask for. He didn’t arrive in the best of shape — I’m sure he’ll admit that — but he’s worked his backside off to get into really good shape.’’
Cathcart, whose father, Brian, also played for Sandy, won the best and fairest at St Paul’s last year.
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