Three senior footballers from the Southern Mallee Giants 2018 grand final team will not be at the club in 2019.
Jackson Fisher and Nicholas O’Farrell are the latest to depart the the Wimmera Football League club, along with Brock Orval who announced his departure earlier in the off-season.
The trio were important cogs during the Giants finals campaign last season.
Toby Fisher – who played in two of the Giants finals but missed out on the grand final – has also left the club.
Giants coach Coleman Scache said the departures would be a great loss to the club, but was hopeful the side’s depth could compensate in their absence.
“It’s definitely a huge loss,” Schache said.
“But one of our biggest strengths last season was the depth in our side and in our twos. There will definitely be some more opportunity there and there are some younger players ready to step up.”
O’Farrell has returned to the Ballarat Football Club after just one season with the Giants in which he booted 20 goals from his nine matches. Toby Fisher has also joined Ballarat.
Jackson Fisher has departed to the Queensland Football League, while Landrigan and Orval have joined Charlton in the North Central Football League.
“Jacko (Fisher) has been great for the club over the years,” Schache said.
“He’s been travelling back for us the last couple of seasons and he’ll be missed greatly.”
The Giants are yet to sign anyone to replace the star-studded list of outgoing players, but Schache was hopeful there would be some new signings at the club in the upcoming weeks.
“It’s been a bit slow but hopefully there are a couple of fellas that we can get to jump on board soon,” he said.
“It’s not ideal but with that there comes opportunity so we’ll just continue to look at the positives.”
Schache said there was still a positive feeling about the club heading into the upcoming season.
“We were obviously disappointed with losing the grand final last year to the Demons but we’ve learnt a lot from it,” he said.
“This pre-season has been focused on building on the things we’ve learnt and getting better.
“There’s certainly still an exciting atmosphere, we’ve had great sessions so far.”