United recruits will be quality They’re from different leagues (not the MFL), and there are a few exciting ones. ’
ECHUCA United is gunning for quality over quantity during the off season.
Squad retention was the name of the game as soon as the siren blew in United’s Murray Football League finals exit in September.
And senior coach Guy Campbell has succeeded in keeping the majority of that squad — he has only agreed for two players’ exits so far.
Corey Wanganeen will next year play his football in Melbourne, closer to his young family; and Reyd Thorpe is likely to head back to Bendigo for his footy.
And while he could confirm the two departures, Campbell remained tight-lipped on the names of those destined to come in to the club for 2019.
“We’re just waiting until they clear some things up with their clubs before we announce anything,” Campbell said.
“We do have some to announce, we’re just waiting on them to do the right thing and let their (former) clubs know.
“They’re from different leagues (not the MFL), and there are a few exciting ones among the lot,” he said.
Campbell told The Riv there would be “four or five” players announced within a fortnight.
“I’m pushing them pretty hard to tell their clubs. I’m hoping within the next two weeks it’s all done and dusted.
“There are probably a handful of players who will be coming in, but we’re just going out and getting what we needed — quality rather than quantity.
“We’re also hoping to keep some of the juniors we felt weren’t quite ready (for senior football) in our under-18s.
“Our thirds will be bolstered by some under-16s who chose to move away and will come back to us for the under-17s,” he said.
And with the arrival of the new faces also comes a slightly older and battle-hardened face.
Former club captain and 2013 premiership player Phil Hubbard will return in pre-season, leaving Campbell with a leadership dilemma.
“Phil is a leader without even needing a title, but it’s something we’ll put to the playing group in the pre-season.
“It’ll be a player-voted leadership role, as will the vice-captain. That’s the best way to have it, in our minds that’s the best way forward,” he said.
MELBOURNE MOVE: Corey Wanganeen is one of only two players to leave Echuca United during the off-season. Photo: