Blighty bol­sters list with Blood

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT - By JAMIE LOWE

Blighty has boosted their Pi­cola League premier­ship stocks with Tocumwal key po­si­tion player Dane Maxwell join­ing the Redeyes for the 2018 sea­son.

The 28 year-old signed on to join the Redeyes last week after spend­ing the last three years at the Bloods.

Blighty just missed out on a grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance this year, go­ing down to Strath- mer­ton in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal by five points.

Maxwell said the Redeyes’ chances of win­ning a premier­ship was just one of the rea­sons he joined the club.

‘‘They dan­gled the car­rot of a premier­ship and I’ve got a fair few mates out there,’’ he said.

‘‘Jack Tyn­dall (Blighty coach) has been speak­ing to me for a while over the past cou­ple of years try­ing to get me to Blighty and I de­cided the time was right. It’ll be a good change of scenery for me as well.’’

The for­mer Bloods coach will also add a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the side, say­ing he would help Tyn­dall wher­ever he can.

‘‘I’ve been in the same po­si­tion as Jack in try­ing to learn the ropes of coach­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘Like him I was also an as­sis­tant coach un­der Daniel Kirchen (at Tocumwal), who was a fan­tas­tic men­tor.

‘‘Kirch helped me a fair bit and I know he put a lot of work into Jack as well.’’

Tyn­dall said he was ex­cited to have Maxwell on board for 2018.

With Bray­den Hall most likely miss­ing next year due to a knee in­jury, the Blighty coach said Maxwell will slot straight into a de­fen­sive role.

‘‘We were a lit­tle short height wise so Dane was on the top of our list when look­ing for re­cruits,’’ Tyn­dall said.

‘‘He can help in the ruck, play for­ward and go down back and have a huge im­pact.’’

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