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Footy recruiting wrap

By Shepparton News

Kyabram Football Club has boosted its ranks even further for the approaching Goulburn Valley League season with the signing of a classy midfielder.

Reid Crowe has joined the Bombers with the stamp of approval from Kyabram’s veteran forward and former Richmond star Kayne Pettifer.

Crowe is not unfamiliar with GVL fans having played the 2017 season with Shepparton United and winning its best-and-fairest award..

He played with Melbourne suburban club Chelsea last season.

A Finley boy, who had present Kyabram players Lachie Smith, Jake Reeves and Patrick Wearden as team mates when they were playing with the Murray Bushrangers several years ago, Crowe, according to Pettifer, is just the player Kyabram needs to bolster its midfield weakened by the departure of gun small man Liam Ogden.

‘‘He is quick, skilful and a goal kicker and will fit into the Ky side very well,’’ Pettifer said of the 25-year-old.

Crowe joins Billy Burstin, Jake Reeves and former captain Josh Vick as inclusions for the coming season, while Ogden (Pascoe Vale) and Liam Barrett (Golden Square) have left the club.

●Seymour is stocking up on talent as it looks to push into GVL finals, with new and old faces heading to Kings Park.

Returning to the den are Tom Freeman, Lachlan Waite and Nick Clydesdale who have all played numerous senior games at the club and are versatile in their ability to play across the ground.

Two new faces who have committed to the club are Tom McConville and Harrison Wade.

Both have played football at Coburg and have since played at powerhouse Aberfeldie in the EDFL and had a run with their old school team PEGS last year.

They bring knowledge and leadership to the Lions and will give extra depth to the midfield and surrounding positions.

Jordan Hockley will also be ready for round one after missing last season with an ACL, with co-coach Ben Clifton on course for a return from the same injury in the early stages of the year.

Dylan Hockley, Wyatt Deed and Tom and Nic Davey are some of the graduates from under-18 football that have impressed in pre-season.

●In the Murray Football League, Moama has confirmed the departure of two of its best players, Tyler Jones and Rhys Archard.

Jones has headed to Heathcote District Football League side Leitchville-Gunbower, while Archard has given the game away.

‘‘They’re two pretty handy players,’’ Moama coach Luke Eldridge said.

‘‘We’ve lost a couple of guys, but those two were both keys in our side in 2018, so they’re huge losses.’’

And the stats well and truly support that.

Jones (31), Archard (38) and Angus Grigg (50) combined to kick 119 of the 187 goals kicked by Moama last season, and their impact goes beyond the big sticks.

‘‘We relied on those guys to not only kick goals for us, but on them running through our midfield. That makes them really hard roles to cover,’’ Eldridge said.

Moama has recruited well so far, though it has been open about its desire to retain and develop more local talent in coming seasons.

And that will start this year, as it will not just be the recruits looked to for an impact.

‘‘We have multiple guys who can play really solid football across the ground,’’ the coach said.

‘‘They showed signs when they did attack the game in 2018, but they will have to go further, which will be fantastic for our development.

‘‘We’ve already seen it on the track — they want to take that step and show the talent they have. They want to set the standard and play some really good football.’’

— Kyabram Free Press, Seymour Telegraph and Riverine Herald