Moama brings locals home for 2020

By Andrew Johnston

MOAMA'S football team has unveiled a swag of new recruits for 2020, but the development of locals will continue to be a key part of the club's plan going forward, according to coach Luke Eldridge.

After putting extensive work into their youth brigade in 2019, a number of returning players are the key signings for the 2020 Murray Football League season.

Callum Doyle, Fraser Verhey and Toby Hore will all be back at the Moama Recreation Reserve, along with a number of recruits from other clubs.

Eldridge said he was excited to have the locals return to their club.

“It's something really important to us,” he said.

“We have a lot of great footballers in our community, so seeing them back in black and white is fantastic.

“What's most important to us is that these guys wanted to be here. They've seen what we are building, where their places will be and they want to be a part of it. That's a really good indication of what we are doing as a club.”

Doyle spent the 2019 season with Rochester, where he claimed the club's under 18 best and fairest, as well as playing in two senior matches, while Verhey returns after a two years tint at Echuca that included 14 senior games and an under 18s premiership.

Hore returns after a stint with Leitchville-Gunbower, while the club also regains Liam Ritchie after a season off due to injury.

While the local brigade are the big story, the club has also added some class through the inclusion of three other recruits.

New assistant coach Darcy Bibby joins after a season with Leitchville-Gunbower.

Bibby had previously played with the Monash Blues in the VAFA, Navarre in the Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football League and original club Tyntynder in the Central Murray League.

And he will bring two of his mates with him - with centre half forward Jack Gleeson and smooth moving forward Marcus Wattie both joining the ranks.

“The three of them are friends of Swan Hill,” Eldridge said.

“Having all of those guys come together is fantastic for the culture of the club - you have a group of guys who want to play together coming into a club where everyone is working towards the one goal and it will hopefully play a key part in us having a successful season.”