Violet Town players Russell Lee, Craig Whelan and Jake Williams have signed with Leitchville-Gunbower for next season.December 4, 2012 10:40am
Titleholder Violet Town’s grip on next year’s Kyabram District Football League premiership cup is suddenly much looser.
McNamara Medal-winning on-baller Russell Lee, record-breaking goal-kicker Craig Whelan and midfielder Jake Williams, who was best afield in the Towners’ 76-point grand final win, have joined Heathcote District league side Leitchville-Gunbower.
Violet Town coach Hayden Lamaro said the trio could not refuse the Bombers’ big-money offers.
“It was ridiculous money and purely and simply had nothing to do with the club,” Lamaro said.
“Anyone who gets thrown that sort of money at them has got nothing to lose. You’ve got to enjoy it at the same time.
“Russell was pretty honest with me. Jakey didn’t really want to go, because he’s a pretty loyal guy and feels for the footy club, too, because he had an injury prone last year.
“He said he feels like he let the club down and wanted to give another year of footy, but he has a baby and runs his own business.”
Fellow stars Dale Saddington and Ben Tsakmakis had previously signed for Whittlesea, but the Towners have recruited ruckman Josh Williams and Benalla All Blacks’ Kane Dockery, Mick Wright and Joel Hearn.
Josh Dunne, who didn’t play for Violet Town last season because of work commitments, is also back.
Lamaro said he also instigated discussions with a key forward and midfielder when Lee, Whelan and Williams informed him they were leaving.
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