REIGNING Horsham District Football League premier Laharum has pulled off a recruiting coup by signing talented Wimmera Football League forward Dylan Parish.
Parish has played in four premierships with Horsham and adds even more potency to a forward line already flush with goal-kicking talent.
Parish paced the Wimmera league in 2011 with 117 goals.
His acquisition means the Mountain Men now have three players who have booted 100 or more goals in a season.
Jason Przibilla completed the feat during the 2006 finals and Shannon Argall topped the ton this year.
Parish said he was excited to move to a new club after several strong seasons at the Demons.
“I’ve got a few good friends at Laharum so I decided to come across,” he said.
“I was enjoying my football at Horsham but it got to a point in time where I thought a bit of a change might not be a bad thing so I was happy to go to Laharum.”
Parish said Laharum’s forward-half firepower would give the team more flexibility next year, allowing him to push further up the ground.
The Mountain Men also announced Argall would share coaching responsibilities with Marcus Demaria this year.
Argall received lucrative offers to join other clubs after his stellar 2013 campaign but said it was an easy decision to stay at Laharum.
“It is such a fantastic club with a community feel and the senior boys who I’ve played with – we’ve got such a great bond together after our grand final win and it’s an exciting future,” he said.
“Coaching was always a possibility but after winning the grand final, I thought more and more about it and the club was very happy to have that happen.”
Argall said the addition of Parish to the forward line would give opposition teams plenty of headaches.
“To have a guy of his calibre come on board this early in the recruiting season speaks volumes about where the club is heading and we’re really happy to have him on board,” he said.
“I don’t know how many 100-goalkickers who are still playing around the Wimmera and we’ve got three of them.”
Argall said he was feeling fresher after a season spent largely in the forward line and would shoulder more rucking duties next year.