DIMBOOLA has lured former young gun Ben Miller back to the club for the next Wimmera Football League season.
New Dimboola coach Justin Beugelaar said the club’s 2017 senior best and fairest was a major coup for the club.
“Ben is a guy in his early 20s, a junior of the club and we are really wrapped to have him back,” Beugelaar said.
“He is a jet and his on-field leadership and his training standards are great and he holds his team to a high level.”
Miller played in Adelaide this season and Beugelaar said he was excited to see what Miller had in store next season.
“He will play through the midfield and we have really been focusing on getting locals to the club to help out at training,” he said.
“A lot of locals have re-signed and we have Lochie Phillips who has been injured back on board, as well as Jayden Lehmann, who went down with a knee injury this year but is fit and firing and ready for a big season.”
Beugelaar, who is from Darwin but will re-locate to the region, will also be bringing with him some other players who will be moving to Victoria.
“We really wanted to recruit players who were prepared to move to the region and help out with training,” he said.
“We had a few guys flying down from Darwin and unfortunately it looks like they will stay in Darwin next season.
“We have signed Tim Mosquito, who won the premier division league best and fairest medal for the Northern Territory Football League a couple of seasons ago, and he will be living with me in Horsham. He plays at either half-back or half-forward and is a gun.
“Fraser Jennings and Sam Godden are two others who will be coming down from Darwin and are moving to Melbourne, and they will drive up and help out with training too.”
Beugelaar said it was a blow to the club to lose club legend Al McKinnon, who has announced a move to the Horsham Demons. Despite the loss, he said he was happy with how the list was shaping up at the moment.
“Obviously it is disappointing to lose a bloke of his calibre and he is held in such a high regard at the club,” he said.
“It’s disappointing to lose him but we wish him all the best. We will not hold any ill feelings towards him at all and he will always be respected.
“It’s all very positive with the way things are tracking at the moment and it should be a better season.”