United re­cruits will be qual­ity They’re from dif­fer­ent leagues (not the MFL), and there are a few ex­cit­ing ones. ’

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

ECHUCA United is gun­ning for qual­ity over quan­tity dur­ing the off sea­son.

Squad re­ten­tion was the name of the game as soon as the siren blew in United’s Mur­ray Foot­ball League fi­nals exit in Septem­ber.

And se­nior coach Guy Camp­bell has suc­ceeded in keep­ing the ma­jor­ity of that squad — he has only agreed for two play­ers’ ex­its so far.

Corey Wan­ga­neen will next year play his foot­ball in Melbourne, closer to his young fam­ily; and Reyd Thorpe is likely to head back to Bendigo for his footy.

And while he could con­firm the two de­par­tures, Camp­bell re­mained tight-lipped on the names of those des­tined to come in to the club for 2019.

“We’re just wait­ing un­til they clear some things up with their clubs be­fore we an­nounce any­thing,” Camp­bell said.

“We do have some to an­nounce, we’re just wait­ing on them to do the right thing and let their (for­mer) clubs know.

“They’re from dif­fer­ent leagues (not the MFL), and there are a few ex­cit­ing ones among the lot,” he said.

Camp­bell told The Riv there would be “four or five” play­ers an­nounced within a fort­night.

“I’m push­ing them pretty hard to tell their clubs. I’m hop­ing within the next two weeks it’s all done and dusted.

“There are prob­a­bly a hand­ful of play­ers who will be com­ing in, but we’re just go­ing out and get­ting what we needed — qual­ity rather than quan­tity.

“We’re also hop­ing to keep some of the ju­niors we felt weren’t quite ready (for se­nior foot­ball) in our un­der-18s.

“Our thirds will be bol­stered by some un­der-16s who chose to move away and will come back to us for the un­der-17s,” he said.

And with the ar­rival of the new faces also comes a slightly older and bat­tle-hard­ened face.

For­mer club cap­tain and 2013 premier­ship player Phil Hub­bard will re­turn in pre-sea­son, leav­ing Camp­bell with a lead­er­ship dilemma.

“Phil is a leader with­out even need­ing a ti­tle, but it’s some­thing we’ll put to the play­ing group in the pre-sea­son.

“It’ll be a player-voted lead­er­ship role, as will the vice-cap­tain. That’s the best way to have it, in our minds that’s the best way for­ward,” he said.

Luke Hemer

MELBOURNE MOVE: Corey Wan­ga­neen is one of only two play­ers to leave Echuca United dur­ing the off-sea­son. Photo:

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