Both Anthony Bull and Brett Macdonald will play with the Deniliquin Rams next year.
The Deniliquin Rams re-signed 2011 premiership captain Anthony Bull this week.
Senior coach Gary Parsons confirmed the appointment yesterday.
Bull, a three-time premiership ruckman with the Rams, took this year off to travel overseas.
Parsons said his signing was a good win for the club after losing young stars Todd Gallagher and Lachy Small to the Deni Rovers for the 2013 season.
But the Rams mentor said he was also pleased to announce the signing of young Deni Rovers forward Brett Macdonald.
‘‘To have Bully and Macca sign is heartening, and lessens the loss of Gags (Gallagher) and Smally a bit,’’ Parsons said.
‘‘We’ve also got a guy who’s moved to town, Matt Robinson, who’s signed up. He’s a bit unknown at the moment, but could be a likely type.’’
Bull, 26, is a multiple best and fairest winner with the Rams and one of the Murray Football League’s leading ruckman.
He played in the club’s 2003-04 premierships before captaining the 2011 flag.
‘‘We’re rapt to have Bully back on board,’’ Parsons said.
‘‘We really see him as a spiritual leader at the club and I know all the guys really look up to him.
‘‘His fearless attack on the footy sets the standard for the other guys.’’
Parsons also lauded Macdonald’s arrival to Murray League football.
‘‘He’s a young man who wants to try another level of footy, and we welcome that.
‘‘We know he’s got great hands and he comes with big raps from his former coaches at the Rovers.’’
Macdonald, 19, played the last two seasons as a marking forward with the Rovers. He was part of the club’s finals campaigns in both years.
Parsons said he also expects to sign ‘‘a few more’’ players in the next couple of weeks.
‘‘We’re pretty confident we’ll have a fairly competitive side. We’ll keep promoting our young blokes and hopefully pick up a few more players once pre-season starts.
‘‘We’re planning to start pre-season Sunday week.’’
The five-time premiership coach also confirmed 2012 assistant coach Troy Bartlett had signed on for next season. Bartlett played under Parsons in all five of the flags and was named best-on in the 2011 triumph.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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