KORUMBURRA-BENA is a step closer to building a competitive team for 2017, with the signing of key former players Ash Snooks and Michael Cooke.
A barbecue including about 18 former players organised by the players themselves was the catalyst for the signings.
And you can expect more big names to return to the Giants fold, with many set to signal their intentions shortly.
Snooks has starred as a midfielder for Fish Creek since switching from Korumburra-Bena in 2014 and played in this year’s premiership.
Cooke is a big, strong, centre half forward who played for Foster this season and last played for Korumburra-Bena in 2013.
Giants’ president Ross Besley confirmed the signing of Snooks and Cooke, and is hopeful of a few more signings in coming weeks.
“A social get together and barbecue was organised amongst a number of ex-players because they’ve all played footy together in the past,” he said.
“They obviously talked about footy in the hope that a lot of them would be able to play together again.
“Snooks and Cooke are both good signings. At this stage we’re like most clubs. We’re talking to people but we’re not sure who’s coming and who’s not.”
The Sentinel-Times also heard that the Giants signed five of the 18 at the barbecue, but that’s one for the ‘trade week’ rumour mill until it can be confirmed.
Young gun Josh Hopkins was expected to consider a move back to Korumburra-Bena, but has decided to play on at Leongatha.
But the promise made by president Ross Besley and others, that the Giants will be competitive in the new competition in 2017, seems likely to come to fruition.
The other prediction, that the remaining Alberton clubs will be weaker following the split, also looks to be taking shape.
West Gippy clubs busy
Clubs entering the new West Gippsland competition are hard at it recruiting players and a number of whispers of player signings are doing the rounds.
The Sentinel-Times believes mercurial forward Michael Kraska will return to Dalyston for 2017 after coaching Rosebud this season.
Ethan and Gareth Park could play at Inverloch-Kongwak, while older brother Cal is weighing up his options.
Forward Beau Runnalls has left Phillip Island for St Kilda City, but the Island is a chance to land a number of big fish.
Brent Macaffer’s appointment as coach of Kilcunda-Bass could be a huge drawcard, with retired Collingwood star Dane Swan rumoured to be keen to pull on the boots for the Panthers for a few matches during the season.
Swan will wait to see how the recovery from the career-ending foot injury goes, and has told media he will be travelling for much of next year, so playing for the Panthers may not eventuate.