BIRREGURRA duo Jack Moorfoot and Sam Green will part ways with the reigning premier on the eve of the 2012 football season.
But the news isn’t all bad, with premiership defender Steve Salajan and league best and fairest Cam Wright signing on to remain Saints this season.
Moorfoot, 23, will join Modewarre in the Bellarine Football League, while 23-year-old Green will return to his junior club South Barwon in the Geelong Football League.
Green, the cousin of premiership captain Michael Davis, joined Birregurra in 2008 and helped lure fellow Swans Moorfoot and Salajan in the years following.
Moorfoot and Green join Davis as departing Saints hoping to test themselves in other leagues.
Club president John Cotton said that while the side would miss the players, the club encouraged its players to play at the best level possible.
He said the door was always open for them to return and pass on knowledge, the way veteran Saints Mark Whelan and Luke Phillips did in recent years.
“No doubt there’s going to be some big shoes to fill,” he said.
“If it doesn’t work out they’ll be back as soon as we can get them but we’d like them to try it out and if they can have success all the better for them.
“But as a club we certainly promote those guys to have a go at a better competition and then hopefully come back in the future.”
Former Alvie forward Christian Kelly and other recruits, yet to be named, will fill gaps departures and retirements have left in the side.
Coach Paul Lynch hopes a host of its premiership-winning under-17s including Jack Melican, Max Eagles, Ollie Butler and Tom Cotton will also push for senior selection.
“We’ve recruited a few from down in Geelong but Paul’s said to me the junior guys will fill a lot of the gaps, I’d say the side will be a lot quicker this year,” John Cotton said.
“Steve Salajan has signed again and Cam Wright is back on board which is a huge plus,” he said.