Key forward Jaydon Stiles has put an end to speculation about his playing future, re-signing for another season with Natimuk United.
The Horsham District league's 2019 leading goalkicker said he was happy to sign on for his third season with the Rams.
"Natimuk United football club is in a really good spot at the moment," he said.
"I put a lot of faith in the club, we're obviously going a long way and I can't wait for next year.
"Finals didn't go the way we wanted, but as a club, where we're going on and off the field, I think it's a great place to be around."
Stiles said a family connection with the club helped him make the decision.
"Not many people know but my grandfather actually played for Natimuk back in the day," Stiles said.
"He's no longer with us now, but being at a club and having that family tie is something a bit special.
"My mum was also born in Natimuk, so I'm really looking forward to it, and I'm glad to have signed this early."
Stiles took home the league's goalkicking award on Monday night, as he finished the regular season with 67 goals, three ahead of Jeparit-Rainbow's Peter Weir.
Stiles hoped some of his teammates would soon join him in re-signing.
"I thought I had an alright year, but I can't have as good a year without my teammates," he said.
"I think it's great to be around the club at the moment. Being around somewhere where you really enjoy playing it makes a big difference, so I think the other boys will sign soon and we can start looking forward to next year."
Stiles flourished despite dealing with back-related hamstring issues late in the season.
"I've had nerve damage in my back all year which every now and again will just push a button to say, 'right, you're not playing today'," Stiles said.
"I'll do everything I can to get that sorted. It's nerve damage that went into my hamstring coming from my lower back, so a good off season and a good preseason and I'll look forward to next year."
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