Jayden Hooper, William Sultana and Brady Neill are three of a huge number of key signings claimed by the Maryborough Football Netball Club for the upcoming 2018 Bendigo Football Netball League season.
Still celebrating the appointment of its new coach, former Werribee VFL player Ben Lavars, the side has added a range of fresh talent to the team.
“A few of the guys are a bit younger but are really hard workers. We’re looking forward to all of them,” Lavars said.
The significant overhaul has seen the return of the side’s former team captain and club best and fairest Luke Bucknall, who makes his way to the club after playing three seasons with Lake Wendouree.
Another best and fairest, Coby Perry, also returns after a stint with former VFL side, the Ballarat Roosters, and the addition of Natte Bealiba’s former captain and premiership player Jacob Long has been a significant bonus for Maryborough.
Midfielder Jayden Hooper is another former star who has made the move back to the Magpies after one season at Wendouree.
“Jayden Hooper has played a really good standard of footy in Melbourne and played at Lake Wendouree last year,” Lavars said.
After spending time overseas, Zac Egan is another familiar face who will be back with the Pies.
Other players putting on the guernsey for the Magpies in tomorrow’s season opener are rising stars Will Sultana (Victorian Amateur Football Association), Brady Neill (MCDFNL) and Bodie Malone (Picola and District Football Netball League), who Lavars said is a “well-respected” player.
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