MYRTLEFORD has added to its depth by signing Reece Corcoran.
The brother of co-coach Leigh Corcoran will add experience and leadership to a Saints side looking to improve on last year’s ninth place.
The Saints have also signed former Myrtleford and North Albury utility Hayden Murray, brother of co-coach Brad Murray, who has relocated from South Australia.
Defender-midfielder Corcoran joins his brother Leigh at McNamara Reserve from Wodonga Raiders.
He played 11 senior games last season, including the elimination final loss to Lavington.
Leigh Corcoran said both recruits would be valuable, on and off the field.
“Reece is official now and Hayden is returning which is great,” he said.
“They are experienced at senior Ovens and Murray level.
“Hayden’s very footy smart and versatile and he’s been training with us the past couple of weeks.”
The Saints have also added Jay Dale from Chiltern, Nathan Maples from King Valley and Jamie Ardern from South Yarra.
And, in what would be an unexpected bonus, VFL-bound Lee Dale and Hugh Wales might not be lost to the club altogether.
Best-and-fairest winner Dale (Northern Blues) and Wales (Williams-town) could nominate Myrtleford as their home club, thus playing for the Saints when not selected in the VFL.
Wangaratta Rovers star Sam Caruso travelled back to play a handful of games for his old club when not playing for Williamstown in 2011 while Sam Myors did the same with North Albury and the Seagulls last season.
Corcoran was hopeful Dale and Wales could play some part this season.
“They have both sort of indicated they could come back (if not selected in the VFL),” he said.
“But the reports we are hearing is they are enjoying it and going well.”
Myrtleford will step up its season preparations with an intraclub match from 4pm on Sunday at McNamara Reserve, while it will play Blackburn on Saturday week at home.
The Saints will then host East Geelong on Saturday, March 23, their last practice match before the round 1 clash against a Jason Akermanis-led North Albury on Easter Sunday at McNamara Reserve.