Club lures guns

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER - By An­drew John­ston

IN ANY league of foot­ball, re­cruit­ing the best play­ers to your club is es­sen­tial and Leitchville-Gun­bower Foot­ball Club’s re­cruit­ing for the 2018 sea­son has al­ready be­gun.

The club has an­nounced a num­ber of key re-sign­ings, as well as some new ta­lent com­ing through the door of the club.

The club has al­ready re-signed premier­ship cap­tain Daniel Couwen­berg, grand fi­nal best on ground Tim Lin­coln, as well as cen­tury goal kicker Matt Perri.

Coach Michael Pilcher spoke highly of the club’s abil­ity to re­tain ta­lent.

‘‘I think it speaks vol­umes of the club,’’ Pilcher said.

‘‘Th­ese guys are very pas­sion­ate about the club, so we’re re­ally pleased not only that they have recom­mit­ted, but also that they have recom­mit­ted so quickly. It shows how com­mit­ted they are to our suc­cess.’’

The club have also an­nounced the re­cruit­ment of two new play­ers from Tas­ma­nia’s state foot­ball league.

Rus­sell De Groot and Jack Glee­son join the club from Tas­ma­nian pow­er­house Clarence.

New re­cruit Glee­son, how­ever, will need to be on his best be­hav­iour on the field.

En­ter­ing into the new sea­son, the tal­ented for­mer Clarence best and fairest win­ner sits on 15 matches of to­tal sus­pen­sion from his days in Tas­ma­nia.

Un­der na­tion­wide rules, a player is de-reg­is­tered af­ter their to­tal sus­pen­sions hit 16 weeks.

Glee­son came close to hit­ting the thresh­old last year, when an in­ci­dent that ini­tially car­ried a two game sus­pen­sion was down­graded to one game.

‘‘You have to be mind­ful of it,’’ Pilcher said.

‘‘We cer­tainly want to pro­tect him on the field at all costs. He’s ma­tur­ing as a young man and young player, but peo­ple may tar­get him know­ing his po­si­tion.’’

The reign­ing pre­miers will be head­ing into the sea­son with­out a num­ber of play­ers from the premier­ship side.

Adam De­ci­cco has moved to Co­bram, Ay­den Wal­ton has joined Moama, while Jack­son McEwen has moved to Rochester in the GVFL.

For Pilcher, hav­ing play­ers ad­vance to a higher com­pe­ti­tion is a great achieve­ment for the club.

‘‘From the time some­one comes in as a ju­nior, you have a goal to de­velop them as much as you pos­si­bly can as a player,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to see our guys get bet­ter, so for them to get to a point where they can go on and play at the next level is a great thing for the clubs de­vel­op­ment.’’

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