Shepparton News

Tungamah adds Jhett power to line-up

- By Liam Nash

The Picola District Football League season may well be over, but the spirit remains alive and kicking with the thrill of recruiting.

Rosters are given a cut and polish as clubs seek outside talent to give them the best chance of eminence — and it could be argued no side has jumped on the front foot better than Tungamah.

The Bears have landed a massive coup by signing Jhett Cooper, a small forward who wowed this year for the Murray Bushranger­s and Shepparton United.

Coach Xavier Stevenson was elated at the prospect of seeing the young flyer join Tungamah’s adept forward line alongside the likes of Ash Saunders, Nick Lawless and James Irvine.

“We’re all excited by the signing of

Jhett, we think he’s going to give us a bit more firepower — he’s pretty dynamic being able to play both forward and in the midfield, so we think he’s going to give us a bit more class in that area,” Stevenson said.

“We identified a key area we wanted to improve in as someone who can play that small/medium forward role and go into the midfield and be quite explosive.

“Luckily enough we were able to pick up Jhett who’s fresh off the Murray Bushranger­s as a top-ager and has obviously played some really good GVL senior football.”

While Cooper brings an element of youthful zeal to Tungamah, Tocumwal has instead brought in genuine senior experience — more than 200 games of it — by adding Glenn Dominick.

The former Mulwala man is as versatile as any and is a big presence down back or in the ruck who’ll be invaluable in guiding the Bloods’ younger heads next year.

Another seasoned campaigner joining Tocumwal is Duane Haebich, a three-time premiershi­p winner with Tungamah who knows what success in the Picola District league tastes like.

Picola United is another to get the cogs turning early, confirming the signatures of Leighton Ironside and Jake Heggart.

Ironside is a left-footed utility who has recently plied his trade in the reserves of Goulburn Valley League powerhouse Kyabram, while Heggart returns to United’s ranks following a few years away from football.

Both pack a punch and will surely weigh heavy in United’s plight to secure a place in the league’s top bracket next season.

 ?? ?? Big coup: Tungamah has signed Jhett Cooper from Goulburn Valley League side Shepparton United.
Big coup: Tungamah has signed Jhett Cooper from Goulburn Valley League side Shepparton United.

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