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Three Shepparton United players added to VFL lists

By Alex Mitchell

Shepparton United's status as a talent factory has continued to emerge with three Demons added to VFL lists.

Jye Chalcraft, Zane Barzen and Liam Fiore have all penned contracts at the state league level, joining Jesse Cucinotta and Angus Hicks at the next level.

Chalcraft is headed down the highway to Geelong's VFL side, where he joins a string of other district products at the Cattery.

Angus Byrne (Echuca), Ben Reid (Echuca), Luke Smith (Shepparton) and Nik Rokahr (Shepparton) all played with the Cats last season, although Rokahr has since moved to SANFL side Norwood.

Murray Bushrangers best-and-fairest Chalcraft played 16 NAB League games this season while turning out for the Demons’ seniors once, taking his senior games tally to 11.

Elsewhere, Barzen will join Cucinotta in Melbourne's east, having signed with the Box Hill Hawks.

Barzen, who played eight games and kicked seven goals in his overage season with the Bushies last year, also played with the GWS Giants’ NEAFL side, while also playing four times and kicking eight goals for the Demons.

Cucinotta will also continue with the Demons, having played six games since signing during last year.

And Fiore is destined for a standalone club, heading to Port Melbourne after another solid season in the NAB League.

Fiore played 10 games for the Bushies along with seven senior games at United, and he also debuted for the Borough against Werribee in July.

Hicks will again be on Richmond's list, after spending last year recovering from a badly broken leg suffered in a pre-season match against Essendon.