Midfield superstar Sam Siggins has made a devastating return to the Bupa Tasmanian State League and his former club Lauderdale after playing for Geelong’s VFL side in 2018, writes TSL Digital Reporter Grant Jessup.
A move to the midfield is paying massive dividends for Siggins, after previously making his name in defence.
“It’s a bit weird playing midfield, I haven’t played it since I was about 15.”
“I don’t feel out of place in there, I feel like I can cause a bit of damage,” Siggins said.
The 25-year-old has been in electric form all season, including against the reigning premiers North Launceston, collecting more than 30 possessions and laying eight tackles.
“I’ve loved every minute of it,” he said.
The 2017 TSL Team of The Year defender believes the Southern Bombers can go all the way in 2019.
“I feel like the group we’ve got at the moment is in a really good position to contend for a premiership.
“We’ve got a great bunch of boys that know when to have fun and know when it’s time to work,” Siggins said.
The former Adelaide Crows defender has been working hard to earn the respect of his club after a well-publicised departure during the 2016 season.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to come back.
“I’ve certainly tried to keep my head down and gain the respect of the boys and the coaching staff,” he said.
Siggins now regrets leaving the Southern Bombers and some of his others actions during the 2016 season.
“I look back on it now and for me it’s little bit embarrassing.
“I probably wasn’t in a great headspace to be making decisions like that.”
The relationship between Siggins and Lauderdale coach Darren Winter has never been better.
“Obviously coming back, speaking to Windy, he’s been unbelievable for me since I’ve been back,” he said.
Working full-time and being with his family has been the key to Siggins’ good mental health.
“I certainly feel like I’m in a good headspace at the moment.
“I think a lot of that comes down to a lot of routine off-field.”
Lauderdale will play Glenorchy at KGV Oval on Saturday after having the bye in round six.
Siggins is excited to see how his side fares against one of the in-form teams of the competition.
“It’s going to be a big test.
“They’re going to be a tough team to beat, they’ve got a lot of experience and big bodies,” he said.