Dimboola boosts its ranks

DIMBOOLA is strengthening its playing list with an eye on back-to-back premierships in 2014.

The Roos have added four players, with coach Stuart Farr confident of increasing that tally before the start of the season.

Key defender Simon Clugston has crossed from Jeparit-Rainbow, midfielder Shaun McDonald has joined from Natimuk and half-forward Cam Ellis has joined from Pimpinio.

Farr said there were some areas the club was looking to strengthen, despite claiming the flag last year.

"You're never really satisfied with where you're at. We probably needed another defender and some pace," he said.

Arguably the biggest recruit is Tyler Blake, with the former Horsham speedster reuniting with his old coach at Dimboola this season.

Farr said Blake would be a huge asset for the club.

"We're rapt to get a hold of someone of his quality, and he's definitely one of the quickest players in the league," he said.

However, Dimboola has lost two important premiership players.

Former assistant coach Clancy Bennett has moved to Adelaide, while Ollie Braithwaite has taken on an assistant coaching role at Laharum.

The Roos coach said with a playing list of about 50 players, there had been a strong commitment to pre-season training.

"Pre-season has been good. We started back in November and the numbers have been fantastic," Farr said.

"I think we had about 45 on Tuesday and probably a bit over 30 on Thursday."

With eight teams in the Wimmera league this year, there will be three premiership re-matches -  in rounds one, eight and 15 - and Farr said he would be looking forward to the challenge.

"I think it's good. You like to play the better sides as much as you can and hopefully it promotes better football," he said.

Farr said the club had practice matches scheduled against North Central league side St Arnaud on March 22 and Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara league club Kaniva-Leeor United on March 29, with a third match still being discussed.

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