WODONGA Raiders’ hopes of climbing the ladder have been boosted by the signing of key defender Andrew Wall.
Wall, 19, was a premiership player with Wentworth in the Sunraysia Football league this last season and has also played for the NSW/ACT Rams.
At 195 centimetres and 98 kilograms, Wall has been earmarked to play centre half-back and help bolster the Raiders’ spine.
Raiders co-coach Ken Stevenson said the addition of Wall alongside other recruits Trent Castles and Ben Klemke would provide the Raiders with some much needed height.
“We have now signed three blokes well over six foot after struggling for height down the spine this season,” Stevenson said.
“We had Jack Melrose who was probably our best player this season playing at centre half-back, but with the arrival of Andrew it will free up blokes like Jack and Dean Giles who can now play off half-back flanks.
“Our attack is also a lot more potent with Castles and Klemke providing strong marking targets across half-forward with Dean Limbach lurking in the goal square.
“We also expect to announce another three or four signings within the next week which will add further depth to our list.”
Former Howlong mentor Karl Jacka has joined the club as reserves coach.
Howlong midfielder Jak Hancock has also signed and has been appointed strength and conditioning coach.
Hancock won the International Natural Bodybuilding Association 2013 Mr World Fitness competition in Greece this year.
He also spent a season with Melbourne Storm as strength and conditioning coach.
The Raiders have now signed Wall, Hancock, Castles, Klemke and Queanbeyan premiership midfielder Steven Jolliffe.
Five-time best and fairest Mark Doolan and Todd Bryant are the only confirmed departures.