Wallam on parole, set for Geraldton football league

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Dale Wallam, right, was awarded best on ground in 2017.
Camera IconDale Wallam, right, was awarded best on ground in 2017. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Star footballer Dale Wallam has been released from Greenough Regional Prison and is raring to play — probably with Rovers.

Wallam, 26, left on parole last Saturday, February 8, a day after the Geraldton Guardian revealed the Demons had the temperamental but very exciting Wallam in their sights.

He was sentenced to eight months prison in September.

Rovers claim it was the Mullewa star who instigated initial discussions. The two clubs clash over Easter in a standalone game to kick off the 2019 GNFL season, a fixture which will have officials and fans salivating.

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Rovers coach Ian Comben said Wallam informed the club through mutual contacts he wanted to play there to “turn his life around” and have another crack at the WAFL.

“To be honest, until I was told, I didn’t know Dale was inside,” Comben said.

“It was he who told us through other people that he was keen to come to us.

“After what happened at Mullewa last year (four stars left the Saints to play for Brigades, later the premiers), I wouldn’t make the first move.

“I visited Dale and heard what he said. I’ve laid down some very strict guidelines and we will give him the opportunity.

“But if he doesn’t adhere to them, then he won’t be at Rovers.”

Wallam played five Colts and Reserves matches with Swan Districts in 2011 and 2013 and Swans were interested in him rejoining them after a best-on-ground performance in Mullewa’s 2017 flag.

Rovers are looking to end a near two-decade premiership drought and want to bolster playing stocks.

Anthony Kyanga — who started his career with Rovers but made his name at Towns — has rejoined the Demons, and he is already spreading the word.

“One of Anthony’s mates played for East Perth and he is a fly-in, fly-out worker, while a relative of his friend (Troy Wilson, not the ex-Eagle) has moved to Geraldton and will play for us,” Comben said.

“They played for a club down south last year.”

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