Shepparton United has raided cross-town rival Shepparton South as preparations for the new Regional Premier League season hit full swing.By Damen Francis
Shepparton United has raided cross-town rival Shepparton South as preparations for the new Regional Premier League season hit full swing.
Former Southerners playing coach Connor Campbell is the most high profile player to defect to Central Park, after announcing his departure from McEwen Reserve last month.
The destination of the one-time league best-and-fairest player had been one of the talking points of the off-season and United coach Nick Kalafatis was delighted he chose to join the Blues.
‘‘Connor has a lot of experience in the league and if anyone knows what this league needs it’s him,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘I hope he helps us and we can help him get back to his best form.
‘‘I want to get him fitter and I’m hoping he’ll find himself again here.’’
Campbell will be joined at United by former Southerners premiership teammate Nick Murphy, who spent last season at Albury Wodonga Football Association club Myrtleford, and pacy wide man Samet Yollu, also from Shepparton South.
A creative type, Campbell could pair well with the more defensively oriented Murphy and serve well as the yin and yang of the Blues’ midfield.
Kalafatis said the signings fit with the club’s transfer policy.
‘‘We want to have the best young players available in the league as well as some experience and we now have 10 local boys in the squad,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘I’m very happy with how the committee is responding and it looks like we will be very strong again this season.’’
Kalafatis also said he had every intention of maximising the club’s quota of six international players prior to the start of the season, suggesting there would be more signings in the coming weeks.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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