Club lures guns
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.’’