Premierships are won and lost in the off-season, a summer can make or break a football club and there are plenty of Picola District Football League outfits looking to bounce back up the south-east division ladder.
Dookie United has announced its first big off-season recruit with Luke Jackson donning the teal, white and black jumper, while Katamatite has a new playing assistant coach on board.
Tom Buzza has made the move from Murray Football League club Numurkah to join the Tigers revolution under Jedd Wright.
‘‘It is an exciting time, we want to bring good footballers and good people to the club and we feel he ticks both of those boxes,’’ Wright said.
‘‘We have a pretty young group of blokes in their early 20s, so we feel he will bring some experience and great leadership to the club also.’’
The imposing figure will complement the Tigers’ defence with his ability to create run off half-back, while also being capable of playing on some of the south-east’s better forwards.
Wright has also secured the services of Harris Dickason, Luke Riordan, Sam Woodward and Tom Pendlebury at Tigerland and hopes to have a few more players sign on the dotted line before pre-season starts later this month.
Meanwhile, new United coach Steve Reeves is buoyant about his side’s prospects next season after securing Jackson.
‘‘I am excited to reunite with him after our stint at Quambatook, he is an exceptional player and also a great leader,’’ Reeves said.
‘‘With Jackson his resume speaks for itself, he is as hard at it as you find, he keeps himself in great nick and now hopefully a few more will follow suit and join in the next few weeks.’’
The 33-year-old is a dual best-and-fairest winner and premiership player for Seymour and a Goulburn Valley League interleague representative.
Adding to his impressive resume, the inside midfielder most recently nabbed two best-and-fairest medals at Diamond Creek before clinching the league’s most valuable player in the Northern Football League.