Bombers coach says 2019 Ovens and King sea­son a step­ping stone in re-build

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Train­ing has also been go­ing since Jan­uary and Mur­ray said if the Bombers could land a cou­ple of more re­cruits be­fore the sea­son he would be de­lighted.

“We’re get­ting de­cent num­bers at train­ing,” he said.

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“These guys com­ing in will make a dif­fer­ence and we’re work­ing on a few more.

“We’re wait­ing on a cou­ple of guys at the mo­ment that would make a big dif­fer­ence.

“They are go­ing to play a cou­ple of prac­tice matches for us and if that goes well we’re hop­ing they will con­vert into clear­ances.

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While Darby Sladdin, brother of %RPEHUV¶ PLG¿HOGHU 2OOLH KDV GH cided against join­ing the club, the Bombers’ de­par­tures are lim­ited, a far cry from the past two off-sea­sons where close to 50 play­ers have de­parted Seren­ity Park.

“I think it’s been some­thing like 21 clear­ances go in,” Mur­ray said.

“We know Darby is go­ing back and one other guy is leav­ing but he didn’t play a game last year.

“It’s pretty good that we’re 19 in front of last year and we’ve also got about a dozen guys re­turn­ing to the club that are still reg­is­tered with us.

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Such has been the abil­ity for Mur­ray and his sup­port crew to lure for­mer and lo­cal play­ers to the club, the Bombers are cer­tain to ¿HOG D UHVHUYHV VLGH WKLV \HDU

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