Lynch, Velissaris sign on

Lynch Velissaris

Jean-Luc Velissaris and Jordan Lynch have re-signed for the 2018 VFL season. 

The Northern Blues have locked away two more exciting youngsters, with Jean-Luc Velissaris and Jordan Lynch signing on for 2019.

Part of the Club’s influx of TAC Cup talent at the end of last year, the duo have committed to Northern’s development program which saw them each play a dozen games of senior VFL football.

They make it a quartet of youngsters who have so far re-signed for next year, as they join Max Dreher and Ethan Penrith after last week’s announcement.

Lynch made his debut for the Blues in Round 2, and quickly made a name for himself as a no-nonsense, physical youngster who could play in the midfield and up forward.

Despite his young age and missing out on six senior games, Lynch led the Blues for average tackles per game, and finished third in total with 81 tackles. He also polled Laurie Hill Trophy votes on three occasions.

After arriving from the Calder Cannons, Velissaris was given a taste of senior football against Frankston earlier in the year, kicking his first goal and enjoying a win on debut.

He finished the VFL year with seven goals from his last five games, while also kicking three goals in Aberfeldie’s EDFL premiership win.

Velissaris said he was thrilled to continue at the Club and was excited by what 2019 looked like for the Blues.

“We have a really strong group of young talent coming through that is ready to drive the Club forward. I really wanted to continue being a part of that and build success with this group,” Velissaris said.

“The coaches have given me a really clear understanding of how to play my position and what’s required, which has helped me grow my game.

Lynch echoed Velissaris’ sentiments, already casting an eye to next season and his progression in the Northern Blues program.

“Being my first year, I didn’t really know what to expect. Northern has been really supportive throughout the year, putting time into me and my development,” Lynch said.

“The coaching was fantastic, I’ve learnt so many different things about the game. I really enjoyed the year and look forward to what’s in store in 2019.”