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Lions add a Tonna talent

MULWALA SNARES SMITH AND PIGEONS AS IT FILLS KEY POSITION POSTS AS IT LOOKS TO STAND TALL

- By Tyler Maher

The Lions of Lonsdale Reserve have hit the ground running when it comes to next season in the Murray Football League ranks.

After confirming a three-pronged coaching attack of Rohan Davies, Bodhi Butts and Jackson Gash early last month, Mulwala has been on the front foot when it comes to recruiting new stars and re-signing those already in its keeping.

Former VFL-listed Hurstbridg­e ruckman Jamie Smith was the first cab off the rank, followed by plenty more tall timber.

“I’m looking forward to getting up there and meeting my new teammates and building something special together in 2022,” Smith said.

Yarrawonga utility Josh Tonna has displayed his defensive prowess for the Pigeons in recent years, but could also be thrown forward for the Lions if the situation arises.

“I look forward to meeting all the supporters and volunteers and hopefully enjoy(ing) some success on the field with my new teammates,” Tonna said.

Also from Yarrawonga, Harry Meade and Owen Conway will be joining Tonna at Lonsdale Reserve.

Meade will burst off the halfback flank, while Conway is another key position swingman.

Among the re-signings in the group are Brad Wilson, Tom Dow, Jack Sutherland, Cam Magher, Dylan McNamara, Adam Rouel, Lewis Taylor, Beau Clarke, Sean Johns and Lachlan Rouel.

Barooga has welcomed back club legend James Hazelman with open arms after a stint at Berrigan in Picola District Football League.

Joining him as a Hawk will be former Berrigan skipper Grant Martin, who will slot into Barooga’s defensive end.

And at Numurkah, centre halfback Braydon Sutton has returned to the showground­s after a stint with Tatura in Goulburn Valley League.

The Blues have also signed Ty Grinter, Harry McLeod-Moylan, Lucas White, Jack Millen and Haydn Watt in recent weeks among a number of re-signings.

These include Ben Wellington, Dylan Craven and James Pruden.

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