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A ‘‘tough, good old-fashioned footballer’’ is how Saints senior coach James Martiniello described Benalla’s latest recruit. His brother no less. Will Martiniello is returning home to the Saints for 2019 after a stellar season for Maribyrnong Park in the Essendon District Football League.
Martiniello took out the Reynolds Medal, cementing himself as the best and fairest player in the EDFL for 2018.
But the midfielder’s list of accolades does not stop there, having also been awarded a Morrison Medal in 2014, best and fairest titles for Benalla in 2014 and 2015 and continuing his form in 2017 to take the title out at Maribyrnong, as well as winning a premiership with the Saints in 2015.
Martiniello was also a part of the Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup premiership team of 2008, alongside the likes of now AFL stars Tom Rockliff, Steele Sidebottom and Jack Ziebell.
Playing his junior football with Benalla, Martiniello said it was great to be back at the club for next season and is set to travel from Melbourne for games.
‘‘Benalla is my home club, so it’s good to be back with my brother and mates,’’ Martiniello said.
‘‘I have fond memories playing in two grand finals, winning one and losing one.’’
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Brothers in arms: Will Martiniello is set to make his return to Benalla as a Saint next season under brother and newly appointed coach James.