A TRIO of star footballers will return to help Minyip-Murtoa's premiership defence in 2021.
Home-grown Toohey medallist Kieran Delahunty, former interleague rep Warwick Stone, and 2019 premiership player Tim McIntyre will all feature for the Burras next season in the Wimmera Football Netball League.
The 2014 Toohey medallist said he was excited to return home.
"Initially I thought I was going to have another year in Perth, but the way everything panned out, it made sense to get home a little bit earlier and get stuck into the farming," he said.
"I'm happy with what I've achieved the last few years and now I'm keen to be back home with the Burras, playing with my family and friends.
"Winning the premiership last year was something the club had always been building toward, now everyone is just as hungry to go back to back.
"It was obviously disappointing the boys didn't get to have a season last year, but I'm sure everyone will be chomping at the bit to get back into it in 2021."
While Delahunty helped Perth break a 23-year finals drought last season, McIntyre also returns to Minyip-Murtoa following a successful 2020.
McIntyre played with Mundulla in the Limestone Coast league in South Australia, winning a premiership with the Tigers in a shortened season.
Warwick Stone also returns after last playing with the Burras in 2018.
Stone represented the Wimmera league at interleague that season and was named the Wimmera league's best for his gallant effort in the ruck.
Burras head coach John Delahunty, however, said the pivotal component was not the talent of individual players, but how the group would gel as a team.
"This is another piece of the puzzle to our playing list - but for me as a coach, it's all about the team and how we work together, as opposed to being about individuals," he said.
"Fortunately these three fellas now have really strong ties to the club, and we're excited to have them back."
With a strong playing list, Delahunty said it could be a challenge to "find the right balance" in 2021.
"We've got 30 to 40 players all capable of playing senior football," he said .
"And as a club, as a list, we're pushing high 50s already in terms of people wanting to play footy.
"It's a great problem to have."
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