Click or flick across for photos of Dicketts in action for the Tigers in 2011 and 2012.
ALBURY big man Josh Dicketts has signed with Hume league club Howlong.
In a major recruiting coup, Dicketts, 31, committed at the weekend and is set to form part of the most dominant ruck combination in the league alongside Azzi medallist Peter Hancock.
Newly appointed Spider coach Joel Price was ecstatic to land the prized signature of the former Murray Bushranger and St Kilda rookie, pictured, who has spent the past two seasons at Albury Sportsground.
“It’s a massive signing for the club,” Price said.
“We have been fairly specific in the recruits we have targeted, so to sign Josh is a real coup. He will give us a lot of flexibility.
“Not only is he a power forward but he will also be able to relieve big Cookie (Hancock) in the ruck when necessary.
“Cookie didn’t get much help in the ruck this season, so to have two dominant ruckman will be a huge advantage.”
Dicketts attended university in Ballarat with Spiders assistant coach Steve Fouracre who was instrumental in luring the athletic tall to Howlong.
Price said Dicketts’ leadership would be a big asset.
“That was another thing that stood out, not only is he a great player but he is coming from Albury Football Club and there wouldn’t be a more professional club in country football,” he said.
“We have got a fairly young list and Josh will also be a fantastic leader.”
The departure of Dicketts is another blow for Albury with triple premiership player Charles Gaylard (Melbourne) and key defender Lloyd Shepherd (Sydney) already confirmed losses.
Senior fringe players Sam Cross (Thurgoona), Will Blomeley (Wodonga), Ben Dower and Isaac Pound (Jindera) and Simon Mitchelhill (North Albury) have also found new homes.
Six-time premiership forward Matt Fowler is also weighing up his playing future but has confirmed he won’t be at Tigerland as a player.
Howlong missed finals this year for only the second time since 1995, with another one or two midfielders high on the Spiders recruiting wishlist.
“We are still talking to a few potential recruits,” Price said.
“Most of the list has already recommitted but another midfielder or two to add to our rotations would top us off nicely.”
Midfielder Jak Hancock is the only confirmed departure to Wodonga Raiders.