Lakers will have a mix of the familiar and the new for the 2014 KDFL season.CHALPAT SONTI February 26, 2014 4:31am
It’s always hard knowing just how good your opposition is going to be come the start of each KDFL season, but Nagambie haven’t left too many stones unturned in recruiting for 2014.
The Lakers have signed a mix of the new and familiar — with some others hopeful — as coach Linc Sullivan hopes to get the side just that little bit further than the past two seasons.
Nagambie went deep into the finals in both 2012 and 2013, despite injury problems one year and running into a Stanhope side with a few ring-ins the next, but has gone for a ‘‘like for like’’ approach to this year’s squad.
The headline recruit is midfielder/forward Joel Sofi, formerly with Tatura, Mooroopna and Shepparton United in the GVFL before a stint with VFL side Port Melbourne then several years with East Fremantle in the WAFL.
The WAFL has also been a happy hunting ground for arch-rival Avenel, with the Swans signing Michael Morgan and Dan Stirling from East Perth for 2014, but Sofi, 31, is a bit different from your usual recruit.
‘‘He runs a clothing business in Perth and has got a shop in Chapel St (Melbourne) now,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘I’ve known him for years and been in touch with his father in Tat, so I thought I would give him a ring and we managed to get him to come here.
‘‘Last year with his business he didn’t play much but he’s used to a high level of football and he’s a quality player.’’
Sullivan said Sofi would add to a midfield depth that revolves around the likes of Mick and Jason Shiels, Danny Haysom and Tyrone Muir.
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