Jap league golf equipment have been busily recruiting for 2024 for the reason that season completed – and there’s been no scarcity of key participant signings touchdown throughout all 5 divisions.
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The Bulls have hit the low season operating, securing ex-state league pair Bailey Lambert and Luke Nelson full-time for 2024. The duo had been aligned with Noble throughout their VFL stays, with midfielder/small ahead Lambert getting back from Frankston’s listing whereas wingman Nelson plied his commerce at Coburg.
Their dedication follows the re-signings of star pair Kyle Martin and Jackson Sketcher.
The Bulldogs have been buoyed by the return of star defender Chris Jones as they appear to climb the Premier Division ladder subsequent season.
Jones is recent off a 50-game stint with WAFL membership Swan Districts from 2021-2023, after final taking part in at South Croydon in 2019.
The previous VFL defender spent 5 seasons with Field Hill from 2014-2018, taking in state consultant honours in 2017 earlier than a premiership with the Hawks in ’18.
Former Jap Ranges gun Christian Poe has signed on on the Waters, crossing from The Basin in Division 2. An everyday starter for the Bears in current seasons, he’s set to bolster Bayswater’s engine room, with the powerful midfielder taking the honours for finest afield within the 2022 under-19 grand last.
Baysie has additionally signed Riley Purton (Lysterfield) who is predicted to play most of subsequent season on the Dandenong Stingrays. He’s the son of 1995 Bayswater premiership hero, Dion.
It’s not a brand new signing, but it surely’s as huge because it will get in Division 1, with the Tigers securing spearhead Jake Parente on a full-time foundation for 2024.
The gun ahead frolicked with VFL outfit Northern Bullants in 2023, earlier than getting back from harm to function in Mitcham’s upset grand final victory over South Belgrave.
The Blues have secured Norwood champion Rhett Jordon as their playing-coach for 2024.
The midfielder captained Norwood in a profession spanning a decade and a few 150 video games on the membership, additionally bringing earlier expertise as a participant with Northern league energy West Preston Lakeside and VFL membership Coburg.
The Lions have welcomed again key ahead Tom McGowan after two seasons in Western Australia. The spearhead final performed for Mulgrave in 2021, ending runner-up for the comp goalkicking. The previous Glen Waverley Rovers junior additionally received an under-19s flag with Mulgrave.
A bundle of recruits have joined from top-division powerhouse Balwyn, considerably bolstering the Rams’ midfield. Ned Mullins brings expertise as a strong-bodied midfielder, Andrew Bottomer boasts loads of pace as a wingman whereas Joe Gorman supplies a elevate within the ruck, additionally beforehand plying his commerce for Ovens & Murray heavyweight, Yarrawonga.
Nick Chook has arrived at Porter St following the previous 4 seasons at Premier outfit Balwyn, the place he performed in throughout a number of positions, together with wing, half-forward and half-back. He’s additionally performed basketball in school and academy degree in North America.
The Dockers have additionally secured ahead Yianni Kazakis from Doncaster East, the place he topped the reserves goalkicking this season within the league’s top-flight following the under-19s crown in 2022.
The Bears have secured arguably one of many largest signings of the low season up to now, with champion ahead Billy Schilling placing pen to paper. Schilling returns to the Jap league following a stint with Traralgon. A former captain at Montrose the place he kicked greater than 500 objectives, Schilling’s most up-to-date Jap league cease was at North Ringwood, usually utilised at centre half-back. The three-time Staff of the 12 months consultant featured in Montrose’s 2013 premiership within the league’s second tier.
Daniel Frost has joined from Doveton, after beforehand taking part in at Norwood and Mitcham. He’s touted as having elite abilities on either side of the physique, boasting versatility in assault or defence.
Former VFL Northern Blue Lachlan Moss has additionally arrived, bringing premiership expertise from Bayswater amongst stints with Devon Meadows the place he completed runner-up for the perfect and fairest, and a current teaching cease at Hallam.
Three-time premiership mentor Jarrod Bayliss will serve as playing-coach of Coldstream in 2024.
Contemporary off overseeing back-to-back flags with Outer East membership Powelltown, Bayliss additionally led Park Orchards to a Division 3 crown in 2017 following stints with Wandin from 2010-2014 and 2016.
He additionally performed for Premier Division membership Vermont in 2019, earlier than linking with Mooroolbark the subsequent 12 months – however didn’t play a recreation because of the season’s cancellation.
4-time premiership star Michael Fowkes has linked with the Cats, following back-to-back flags with Outer East membership Powelltown. The important thing ahead will function senior playing-assistant coach to new Silvan mentor Jeremy Thomas, with the pair reuniting after time spent at Park Orchards, Thomas as president and Fowkes as a participant, serving to the membership to its inaugural Jap crown in Division 3 in 2017. Fowkes has additionally received a flag with Wandin.
The Panthers have welcomed again big-bodied midfielder Damien Frisina and defender Bede Briscomb following time away from the membership. Each have beforehand made Jap league groups of the 12 months and will enhance the newly-promoted Surrey Park following its Division 4 premiership.
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The Kings have been bolstering their listing forward of their transfer into Division 3.
They’ve secured Yarra Junction midfielder Dylan Cawsey, who averaged 33 possessions a recreation within the Outer East’s Division 2 this season on his method to choice within the Staff of the 12 months. He’s additionally touted for his kicking effectivity and goal-sense.
Becoming a member of the fashionable mid is famous goalkicker Jake Cawsey, returning to the membership the place he kicked 60 majors from 20 matches as a 19-year-old in 2016. Up to now two seasons he’s had stints with Northern membership Lalor and Yarra Junction this season, kicking 25 objectives from 11 matches, averaging 6.6 rating involvements a recreation.
Defender Jake Saltum has additionally signed, returning to the Kings after stints with Dalyston within the West Gippsland league, Knox and Robina in AFL Queensland the place he performed 15 matches this season.
The Panthers have been arguably Division 4’s most lively membership this low season, signing a bundle of recruits headlined by Justin Ficorilli.
The livewire ahead has greater than 500 objectives to his title within the Jap league throughout stints at Croydon and Silvan, serving to Silvan to the Division 4 flag in 2022 with 70 majors.
Soccer journeyman Tyson McKenzie has additionally signed. McKenzie has received two best-and-fairests, twice named in league groups of the 12 months and has taken in a number of main goalkicker awards throughout stops at a number of golf equipment. The skilled midfielder’s stops have included Silvan, Mitcham, Warburton Milgrove and Coldstream, having additionally served as playing-coach of Congupna within the Murray Soccer League in 2016 and 2017.
Midfielders Peter Cassidy-Marsh (Nunawading), Aidan Pemberton (Croydon) and Billy Findlay (Ashwood) are additionally among the many key signings.
A few helpful signings for the Kanga-Rams, with quick-moving midfielder Benjamin Gill crossing from Park Orchards, whereas key ahead and ruckman Mitch Starling has additionally joined.
Ruckman Thomas Flood has joined the Lions, reuniting with former Manningham Cobras coach Frank Salanitri. Flood performed underneath Salanitri on the Cobras, making the 2019 VAFA Division 3 Staff of the 12 months. He’s additionally had stints with St Albans and most just lately Whittlesea within the Northern league’s Division 1, the place he performed 9 video games this season.
Prolific ball-winner Hugh Alabaster has signed on, crossing from Wantirna South’s under-19s the place he was named within the Devils’ finest on 10 events this season, ending runner-up for the perfect and fairest.
Initially revealed as EFNL: All the latest key signings ahead of 2024