Will Mar­tiniello re­turns to Saints

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From Page 36 ‘‘We won our first premier­ship in 42 years, so it meant a lot to a lot of us and is some­thing I will cher­ish for­ever,’’ Mar­tiniello said.

‘‘It felt like it was the right thing to do com­ing back and we’ve got a good team to­gether at the mo­ment for next sea­son.’’

On his suc­cess this sea­son in the EDFL, Mar­tiniello said it came as a sur­prise to take out the medal.

‘‘It was a bit of sur­prise, I didn’t ex­pect it but it was a great hon­our,’’ he said.

Coach Mar­tiniello said it was great to have his brother com­ing home next sea­son.

‘‘He (Will) is a top-line player ev­ery­where he goes and one of the best play­ers in coun­try Vic­to­ria, so to get him back is great,’’ coach Mar­tiniello said.

‘‘I would be crazy not to use my con­nec­tion to him to get him to the club and

●he has been keen to help me out in my first year as coach.

‘‘With his record, we’re not putting too much ex­pec­ta­tion on him.

‘‘It takes more than one good player and we want to play a brand of foot­ball where ev­ery­one con­trib­utes.’’

The Saints have also se­cured high-pro­file re­cruit Steve Mur­ray, who has played VFL foot­ball for the North­ern Blues and Port Mel­bourne, as well as be­ing the lead­ing goal kicker in the Ovens and Mur­ray for Wodonga Bull­dogs in 2017.

Be­nalla lo­cals Mitch Ex­ton and Ben Kun­kle will also lace up their boots for Be­nalla next sea­son af­ter com­ing across from Bar­nawartha — Ex­ton coach­ing the Tigers for two sea­sons prior to 2018.

‘‘They are all good peo­ple and good play­ers who will be great for the club on and off the field,’’ coach Mar­tiniello said.

He said the club had also re­tained about 90 per cent of its list so far, with pre-sea­son kick­ing off Novem­ber 19 for all cur­rent, past and new play­ers — with some fa­mil­iar faces set to re­turn to the showgrounds.

It felt like it was the right thing to do com­ing back and we’ve got a good team to­gether at the mo­ment for next sea­son.

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