The University Blacks have added a new recruit to its squad for the 2019 season, with ex-AFL player Nick Lower joining the Club.
Lower represented Port Adelaide (20 games), Fremantle (22 games) and the Western Bulldogs (13 games) in a career at the top level spanning from 2006 to 2013 in which he played 55 AFL games.
He was also appointed the inaugural co-captain of the Footscray Bulldogs VFL side in 2014.
Uni Blacks Head of Football Adam Pattison said it was fantastic to have Lower on board for the coming season.
"Nick will bring a wealth of experience and has been on our radar since 2014," he said.
"Recruiting is a competitive game and we need as much support as possible from our network to ensure we remain in a strong position going forward."
The Blacks have also appointed co-coaches of the Reserves for 2019, with Jordan Foster and Chris Smith to take over from outgoing coach Linc Merlo after three years at the helm.
Foster, a two-time premiership player with the Club and three-time leading goalkicker at Senior level, was the Senior forward line coach in 2018 working under Cam Roberts.
Smith coached the Under 19s in 2018 and fostered a competitive and inclusive environment while also assisting with Senior training sessions.
"Merls has displayed a fantastic level of commitment and dedication to the Club which resulted in a 2018 Grand Final berth," Pattison said of Linc Merlo.
"We thank him for the passion he brought to the role and hope to have him involved in a less formal capacity in 2019."
The Club will finalise Phoenix and Under 19 coaching positions in the coming weeks.
Pre-season training kicks off next week, with the following dates earmarked for the pre-season schedule:
|Monday 19 November - Wednesday 19 December||Pre-Christmas training at George Knott Reserve, Clifton Hill (Monday/ Wednesday nights from 6.30pm)|
|Wednesday 30 January||Training recommences post-Christmas|
|Saturday 16 February||Training day|
|Saturday 2 March||Trial Match 1 vs Echuca United FNC @ Echuca|
|Saturday 16 March||Trial Match 2 vs Old Scotch @ Venue TBC|
|Saturday 23 March||Trial Match 3 vs Fitzroy @ Venue TBC|
|Saturday 6 April||Round 1 vs TBC @ Venue TBC|