NORTH Albury duo Josh Senior and Ben Ryan have signed with Murray Magpies.
Only a fortnight after the surprise announcement of Corey Lambert as non-playing coach, Senior and Ryan have decided to follow Lambert from the Hoppers to Urana Road in a major boost to the club’s chances of climbing off the bottom of the ladder.
Senior is a young defender and has played more than 40 senior matches with North Albury after emerging through the club’s junior ranks.
Ryan will bolster the Magpies’ big man department and shouldered the majority of the Hoppers ruck work this season.
The veteran ruckman is also a premiership player and Des Kennedy medallist with Jindera in 2008.
Lambert was ecstatic to land an early blow in the recruiting stakes.
“Both are proven senior Ovens and Murray players,” Lambert said.
“Watching Josh first-hand this season, he played on all the big name forwards and did a fantastic job.
“He is young and has plenty to offer.
“Ben, even as a 36-year-old, I thought was one of the best ruckman in the league and will be even more dominant at Hume league level.
“Both have been supportive of what we are trying to achieve at the club and are willing to commit and help out.”
The departure of Senior and Ryan continues the talent drain from the Hoppers with Kade Brown, Joel Price, Ash Sibraa and Chris Taylor having already departed the club.
Lambert dismissed rumours that former Wodonga Raiders stars Patty Rose, Scott Meyer and David Stretton were ever on the Magpies recruiting radar.
The trio had been linked to the Magpies after they previously played under Lambert when he coached Wodonga Raiders last year.
“I’ve heard the rumours but it’s not true,” he said.
“They are way too talented to be running around in the Hume league and you have to be realistic when it comes recruiting.”
Lambert said the Magpies had re-signed the bulk of this season’s list.