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Bell tolls for Tatura

By Tyler Maher

Tatura has recruited a seasoned premiership star to help spearhead its Goulburn Valley League campaign next year.

The Bulldogs have signed Nathalia's Bailey Bell and although just 20 years of age, the damaging midfielder has claimed more premiership medals than most players could only dream of.

Bell secured senior Murray Football League success with the Purples in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as this season - where he was named best afield - while also proving crucial to Kyabram's reserve premiership in the Goulburn Valley League last year.

Bell was also named as the best player on Deakin Reserve in that fixture to ensure the list of credentials he brings to Tatura Park is as long as the nearby Tatura Racecourse straight.

In other GVL recruiting news, Dean Smith will pull on the blue and white hoops of Mooroopna once again after two seasons at Nullawil.

Smith is a past best-and-fairest winner at the Cats and notched up back-to-back premierships and best-and-fairests in his pair of Golden Rivers league campaigns.

● Tongala has been busy in the MFL off-season as it looks to go one better than this year's runner-up spot.

The Blues have welcomed Jack Monigatti and Shannon Tucker back into the fold from the NT Thunder and Girgarre respectively, while also recruiting Nightcliff's Kaine Riley and Springvale Districts’ Will Nevill.

“I'm really looking forward to getting back,” Monigatti told the Kyabram Free Press.

“I've loved watching from afar across the past two seasons at what this group has been able to accomplish. We've made so much progress as a club, and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to contribute.

“I've been lucky enough to meet up with a few of the guys that I haven't played with before recently, so I'm starting to get myself used to the group.

“I've really enjoyed the experience of playing with the Thunder in the past two seasons.

“But I'm at a point where I want to play with my friends again. I have a lot of friends and family who are still around the club, so getting to come home and see them every week is something I'm pretty excited for.”

Tungamah will look to Terence Jones to step up as co-coach alongside David Putamorsi for next season.

The Bears have also recruited Harry McBurnie back to the club from Yackandandah.

Among a number of re-signings, Rumbalara has also recruited Dylan and Nathan Kerr back to the club, as well as Ryan Hudson.

“Dylan comes with a lot of experience under his belt after recently playing at the Deniliquin Rovers, Fitzroy Stars plus a stint in the Northern Territory with the Tiwi Bombers,” co-coach Kane Atkinson said on the club's website.

“(He is) a very classy player to add back into our midfield and (will) kick goals going forward.

“One thing I love about Nath is how hard he attacks the footy which we have missed the last couple of years.

“He will be an excellent inclusion to our back(line) and midfield.

“Ryan will boost our mid and forward line with his experience.”