Sturt defender to don blue and white

James Paprotny in action for Sturt against Adelaide this year.

James Paprotny in action for Sturt against Adelaide this year.

Angaston, in a bid to lift its A grade off the bottom of the BLG premiership ladder, has recruited James Paprotny from the reigning SANFL premiers, the Double Blues.

Having worn the number 54 jumper at Sturt, Paprotny played 11 league games of SANFL football, which included two this season – the season opener against Adelaide at Peter Motley Oval in round one and against Glenelg the following week.

Having turned 25 in May, Paprotny is a 183cm and 78kg utility who was used by Sturt predominantly as a shut-down defender.

“I have signed for the remainder of the season,” Paprotny told the Herald.

“Naturally I have only been at the club for a week, but my intention is to commit for the longer term.

“I don’t have any direct links with Angaston, but do have family in the district.

“I did play alongside (Angaston premier midfielder) Tylah Saunders for the Murray South East side, in the Country Camps back five or six years ago.”

Noted as an easy-going and honest character, Paprotny is good one-on-one ball winning player.

Other attributes include being an excellent contest ball player with strong skills and marking ability.

During his 3.5 years at Sturt , he made his league debut against Central District in 2015, played eight league games in the Double Blues flag-winning season last year.

Originally from the Blue Lake district in Mount Gambier, his home club before coming up to the city was the South Demons.

He had played for the Murray South East Zone side in 2011 and 2012 under the mercurial coaching of journeyman Justin McConnell.

Angaston coach Paul Sherwood suggested at Paprotny will complement the likes of Tom Ryan, Saunders and Jack Miles, in the Panthers midfielder/half back rotations.

“James is a very down to earth character,” Sherwood said.

“His experience and leadership will be important for our squad.

“You can see with his voice at training, that he’ll have an impact.

“There was no hard feelings about leaving Sturt; it really came down to lack of opportunities for James.”

The Panthers take on cross-town rivals Tanunda tomorrow in the round eight clash, looking from a breakthrough first victory for the season.