WODONGA’S chances of returning to finals have soared after the Bulldogs landed a host of talented players for next year.
Not only has former Wangaratta Rovers star John Pratt signed for two years, ex-SANFL bookend Andrew Carter has also joined the club.
Talented Wodonga juniors Zach Jones, Josh Hicks and 2009 Rising Star winner Jared Worsteling have also returned to John Flower Oval.
Wodonga coach Ben Hollands was delighted to unveil his first big recruiting blow of the summer, but warned he hadn’t finished yet.
“It’s a pretty significant start but we’re certainly not done,” Hollands said yesterday.
“We’re keen to add a couple more.
“I think the thing we’re really pleased with is these guys are all proven at this level.
“Zach, Josh and Jared all had really good junior careers here and played a fair bit of senior footy.
“They’ll add a lot of value.
“Pratty will be fairly big for us in the midfield.”
Carter is the only member of the five recruits who hasn’t played in the Ovens and Murray before.
However, he spent three years at South Adelaide in the SANFL, before stepping down a level to play at Noalunga in South Australia’s Southern Football league.
Carter, 22, stands at 194 centimetres and can play at either end.
“He’s still young and got a big future in front of him,” Hollands said.
“I think the best of him is still to come.”