Students bolster list with the additions of Dixon and Redhead

BY JESS WEBSTER (NEAFL)

Sydney University has bolstered its list with the recruitment of Essendon VFL midfielder Nick Dixon and East Perth ruckman Aaron Redhead.

Dixon, 23, is a product of the Geelong Falcons and comes with experience at VFL level with both Geelong and Essendon.

His close ties with Students utility Darcy Cordell was a key factor in committing to a move north and starting a new chapter with the club.

“He (Darcy) has been trying to get me to the club for a few years now and I finally took the bait,” Dixon told neafl.com.au.

“We’re living together now and it will be good to play with him again after going to school together in Geelong.

“I’ve met a few of the other boys through him when I’ve come up for a holiday in the last few years. At the moment it’s going well and they seem to be a good bunch of guys.”

A tenacious inside midfielder and a clean ball user, Dixon joined the club in December said he is looking forward to the opportunity to find continuity at second-tier level.

“We had a pretty healthy list at Essendon the past few years, so it left me in the dark a bit at times. But you get a lot of positives out of training with AFL-listed guys that you wouldn’t normally get at a standalone club,” he said.

“It (finding consistency) was part of the reason I was excited to come up to Sydney Uni.

“I’m excited for the change and hopefully a few more opportunities to play as an inside mid for continuous games, and letting that develop my game.

“There is a really good culture at Sydney Uni at the moment so I’m keen to fit in and play my role and play well.”

Joining Dixon as a fresh face at the Students is Redhead, a towering Royals forward and ruckman who stands at 202cm and 92kg.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for the 21-year-old, who is originally from the NSW Central Coast before moving across the country to pursue his football dreams when he was 18.

Redhead represented WA at the 2017 National Under-18 Championships and has been developing his craft at League and Reserves level the past two seasons.

You can keep up-to-date with all the latest player movements here.