Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Alex Mitchell

Back-to-back reign­ing Numurkah best and fairest Nick Fothergill has moved to the Goul­burn Val­ley League, the lat­est in a se­ries of huge re­cruits for Tatura.

The gun mid­fielder joins Bray­don Sut­ton and Jor­dan O’Dwyer at the ken­nel from the Blues, adding to a grow­ing buzz around the club.

Paired with Tim Gar­lick and James Sul­li­van, the Numurkah trio shows the Bull­dogs are re­cruit­ing with an eye to­wards a 2019 pre­mier­ship tilt, adding to the side which fin­ished fifth this sea­son.

Coach Ja­ma­son Daniels thrilled with the trans­fers.

‘‘Firstly we were able to re-sign ev­ery­one, we got that done pretty early with the ex­cep­tion of Tommy Miller, who’s hav­ing a bit of a sea change,’’ he said.

‘‘That re­ally makes re­cruit­ing a lot eas­ier, be­cause the first ques­tion guys ask is who is stick­ing around and who is leav­ing, that’s been re­ally pleas­ing.

‘‘We’ve been able to tell them who we’ve got on board and sell them our di­rec­tion as a club.’’

The in­clu­sion of Fothergill seems the cherry on top of the Bull­dogs’ de­li­cious re­cruit­ing cake, the for­mer Blue hav­ing kicked 43 goals from his mid­field role this Mur­ray Foot­ball League sea­son. was

‘‘It’s huge to have Foz on board, he’s a great fella and brings a lot to our club,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘You can’t have too much mid­field depth but he’s a goal­kicker as well.

‘‘We found we had two pretty good key posts in Matty Ryan and (Bran­dyn) Gren­fell, but when the ball hit the ground we didn’t have guys there, we def­i­nitely need a few who can push for­ward.’’

Daniels was sim­i­larly pleased to have Sut­ton and O’Dwyer on board, be­liev­ing both ad­dressed key team needs.

‘‘(Sut­ton) is prob­a­bly one who’s been a bit un­der­rated in the Mur­ray league, we’ve done our re­search and he’s a big bloke at 6’4’’, but he can run 100 m in about 12 sec­onds,’’ he said.

‘‘He plays on the best for­ward each week, he played on (Cameron) Cloke in a fi­nal and kept him quiet and will re­ally help out Brad Ryan down there.

‘‘I think there were a few GV clubs af­ter (O’Dwyer) and we were lucky enough to get him. He’ll be re­ally im­por­tant for our run off half-back af­ter los­ing Tom Miller; his burst of speed is great and he’ll take the game on, which I love.’’

But the en­thu­si­as­tic Daniels was quick to point out re­cruit­ing looked good on pa­per, but meant noth­ing un­til the side was on the park.

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