Livewire forward in Falcons’ nest

Andrew Krakouer takes the AFL Mark of the Year in 2011.
Andrew Krakouer takes the AFL Mark of the Year in 2011.

Club president Brett Raponi said the Falcons made first contact with the dynamic footballer only two weeks ago, but talks were swift and tightly guarded to avoid a bidding war with other WAFL clubs.

They did enough in that short time to convince the 2011 AFL Mark of the Year winner to don the red and blue for at least the next two years.

Raponi said the Falcons helped set-up work outside of football for Krakouer, who will live in Wanneroo, as well as making him the club’s Indigenous ambassador.

The 2010 Sandover Medal and Simpson Medal winner returns to Perth from Melbourne next month.

‘The Indigenous kids in the district see a player like Andrew Krakouer, who is a part of their culture, and it encourages them to get involved with local football,’ Raponi said.

‘He’s going to play some good footy for us.’

The electric goals neak officially signed with the club on Friday night as the Falcons build towards their 2014 WAFL premiership defence.