cook1webFIRST it was Kilcunda-Bass making the moves, ahead of their entry into the new West Gippsland, now Korumburra-Bena have taken the lead in ‘trade week’ by landing two big, familiar names to Giants supporters.

And it all happened over a convivial ale and some chops and sausages at a social barbecue for past Korumburra-Bena players… organised by the players themselves, not directly by the club.

Ash Snooks and Michael Cooke are the first former players confirmed to return to Korumburra-Bena for the 2017 season.

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 barbeque 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.”

We’ve 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.

But the promise made by 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 for the split also looks to be taking shape.snooks2web