Horsham's Simon Hobbs amongst seven new signings for Kalkee

QUALITY RECRUIT: Horsham's 2017 best and fairest winner Simon Hobbs will be joining Kalkee for the 2018 season.
QUALITY RECRUIT: Horsham's 2017 best and fairest winner Simon Hobbs will be joining Kalkee for the 2018 season.

KALKEE Football and Netball Club has announced a string of signings as the senior side starts its preseason preparation for 2018.

Horsham Demons player Simon Hobbs has signed with Kalkee in a big boost for the side. 

Hobbs won Horsham’s senior best and fairest this year in the Wimmera Football League. 

Kalkee president Trevor McRae said it was a great signing. 

“Simon Hobbs is the biggest recruit we have signed at the moment,” he said.

“He is a local boy who went away and learned a lot in the Wimmera league.

“He will bring his experience and what he learned back to our football club.”

Joint coach Stuart Farr also said Hobbs would be a big boost for the club. 

“He was one of the best players in the Wimmera league, so it is massive him joining us,” Farr said. 

Three other Horsham Demons players are also switching over to Kalkee for next season. 

“We’ve signed three other Horsham lads in Baillie Batchelor, Harry Wentworth and Jack Merlo,” Mr McRae said.

“They are three young guys who have that hard working culture from Horsham.

“They’re three midfield-type guys who will give us a lot of depth throughout the team.”

Also joining Kalkee is Alex Smith and Mitch Delahunty from Minyip-Murtoa and Jayden Kuhne from Dimboola. 

Mr McRae said it was pleasing to see Smith rejoin Kalkee, after spending his junior days at the club. 

“Alex Smith is a young bloke who played his junior football at Kalkee, so it’s good to get him back,” he said.

The signings come just weeks after Kalkee announced Horsham Demons legend Stuart Farr would be joining Hamish Exell as joint coach for 2018.

Mr McRae said Farr’s connections at Horsham were a deciding factor in the signings of four players from the Demons. 

“It will be up to Stuart and Hamish to develop them into a really good team,” he said.

Mr McRae said the club was still looking at a few other signings.

“The list is never done,” he said.

“There are still probably two or three guys who are still on our radar.

“If we get even one of those it will be a bonus.”