A few weeks out from the first game of the Picola League season, the Redeyes have signed seven new recruits.
Blighty has scored a major signing with two-time Deniliquin Rams leading goalkicker Brad Todd set to line up with the Redeyes this season.
Todd slotted 24 goals as a key forward and backman with the Rams last year, and will help form a potent Blighty attack alongside star goalkicker Brody Lumber.
‘‘At this stage I expect Todd will be playing forward. He’ll provide another avenue to goal as well as taking some pressure off Lumber,’’ new Blighty coach Rob Wren said.
Todd, 29, won the Rams’ leading goalkicker award in 2005 before shifting to Mathoura the following year.
After that he went to Deni Rovers and then Wakool before returning to the Rams last year.
‘‘We’ve picked up a few players to bolster the midfield as well,’’ Wren said.
‘‘From the limited games I watched last year that was probably the area I thought could do with some work.’’
The new recruits making up Blighty’s engine room include Jamie Chadderton from the Deni Rams, Zeke Flanagan from Mulwala and Brett Clarke from Barooga.
Finley brothers Mitch and Brenton Flemming, and former Rams player Harry Eastman, have also joined the Redeyes.
‘‘Clarke and Flanagan are good Murray League players,’’ Wren said.
‘‘And (Brenton) Flemming’s probably our fittest guy so I’d say he’ll have a spot on a wing.’’
The Redeyes have two practice matches lined up before their round one clash against Jerilderie.
They’ll take a bus to play Ovens & King Football League club Greta tomorrow, and then take on Tungamah the following weekend.
‘‘We had a scratch match the other night with about 38 guys on the track so everyone should get two or three good hit-outs before the start of the season,’’ Wren said.
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