One of the Goulburn Valley League’s headline recruits across last off-season was Tatura securing the services of defensive pillar Braydon Sutton.
The former Numurkah talent forms one of the competition’s top defensive pairings with Bulldogs co-captain Brad Ryan and while his time with the Blues came to a natural close, he said he was keen to seize the opportunity to try his hand at the higher level.
‘‘It was tough to leave, but quite a few boys left this year. But with a new coach coming in, it felt like a good time for me to leave I reckon,’’ Sutton said.
‘‘I’d been at Numurkah for quite some time, I wanted to see the differences between clubs.
‘‘I’m getting to that age where I’d be too old down the track if I left it any longer to come up a league.’’
Sutton played 69 senior games for the Blues between 2014 and last year, where he earned a reputation as one of the Murray league’s prime defenders.
While missing a five-game stretch with an ankle injury curtailed his opportunity to do the same in GVL to date, he said he was enjoying the challenge of the step up.
‘‘I’ve been impressed with the boys around the club and how they treat you,’’ he said.
‘‘All the grounds in the Goulburn Valley League are real small and all the Murray league grounds are big, so it’s a lot more fast footy. It means plenty more running really.
‘‘We’ve got a lot of things to work on and a lot of things we can do to make our games better and easier.’’