Colac Imperials coach Dan Casey says he has rapt to have emerging stars Bailey Scott and Ethan Schroder re-commit to the club.
Casey said signs were positive despite the club’s mass exodus of players, with the club also welcoming back Adrian Murray from a knee injury which sidelined him for the majority of the 2017 season.
The Imps have also signed former Apollo Bay best-and-fairest winner and Irrewarra-Beeac premiership player Lee Hickey, and former Geelong Football League star ruckman Mark Stewart.
“I played footy with Lee at Colac and Irrewarra-Beeac, and he’s best mates with Adrian Murray so that’s how that came about,” Casey said.
“He might have one or two years left in him, so he wanted to have fun with his mates, so it will be great to have an experienced in-and-under midfielder with our young side,” he said.
“And we’ve got Adrian back as well who’s basically a new recruit for us, everyone knows he’s a fantastic player and he’s pretty fit at the moment, so he’ll be a good addition for us.”
Stewart was a multiple GFL Team of the Year selection during his years with St Albans, and also won the league’s best-and-fairest award in 1998.
“Mark had connections to the club, he knew the situation we were in and what we were trying to do and he’s put his hand up to help out,” Casey said.
“It’s exciting to have him on board, there aren’t many blokes with records like his, he could play in the ruck or at full forward,” he said.
Meanwhile, Casey said he was rapt to have young duo Scott and Schroder on board following their breakout seasons at senior level last year.
Scott impressed on the wing and up forward, earning selection with the Geelong Falcons over summer, while Schroder took on a key role in defence.
“It was fantastic to have Bailey make the Falcons’ list, and to see his hard work pay off,” Casey said.
“We’ll put a bit more responsibility on Ethan this season, but he’ll have Adrian back in defence to take the pressure off him a bit,” he said.
Casey said Jackson Henry, Ryley Edge and Luke O’Shannassy were training with the Colac Tigers’ under-19 team but had yet to commit.