A RESURGENT Jindera has landed one of the most prized recruits of the Hume league off-season by signing young gun Leroy Eggmolesse.
Eggmolesse, 22, has spent the past two seasons with Merbein in the Sunraysia league and was invited to train at Essendon in the hope of gaining a spot on the Bombers’ VFL list.
The classy midfielder was also runner-up in the Gerald Clear Medal in 2010 for the best-and-fairest in the Farrer league when playing for Northern Jets.
The Bulldogs have also added depth by signing Michael Bain, Nick Brooks (Albury), Mitch Dempsey (North Albury), Taylor Schultz (Corryong), Tim Hayes (Border-Walwa) and Brett Davis (Belconnen).
In a further boost former best-and-fairest winner Daniel Cassidy, Tim and Sam Pierpoint and Nick Stubbs have been lured back to the club.
Newly appointed coach Josh Walker was happy with the way the list was taking shape while still mindful that the Bulldogs finished 10th last year with a 5-13 record.
“We are coming from a long way back but it has been a promising preseason,” Walker said.
“Our recruiting priority was to land some stronger bodies to rotate through the midfield with some experience to complement the exciting young talent coming through the club’s junior ranks.”
Walker said eight players for last year’s thirds grand final side including Blair Boyle, Mick Galvin, Danny Warren, Lewis Childs, Nick Bailey and Ethan Scholz all played seniors at stages last season and will benefit from the experience.
Strong marking forward Ash Murray has also re-signed and has been a standout during preseason training.
“I would like to think we will be far more competitive and hopefully challenge for finals,” Walker said.
“We realise there is still a lot of work to be done and that last year’s top-four sides look set to remain powerful.
“Several of the clubs who missed finals last year also recruited strongly and will also improve.
“But I can’t fault the commitment of the group and we have been averaging 35 plus at training and am excited for what challenges and hopefully success lay ahead.”
The Bulldogs clash with Howlong on Good Friday for their season opener.
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