CULCAIRN has signalled its intentions to return as a Hume league force, snaring several key signings for next season.
After missing finals this year for the first time since 2006, the Lions have signed former junior and Lavington premiership player Adam Eady as assistant coach.
Premiership defender Will Haines, younger brother, Tim, and Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong ruckman Dave Karlburg have joined the Lions.
And in a further boost, former talented junior Nic Finlayson, Luke Taylor, Hayden Coulson, Jackson McGrath and Zac Storer return to the den.
Culcairn coach Chad Hamblin has also recovered from a knee complaint which saw him play only 11 games in his first season at the helm.
“Culcairn is a proud club and everyone was disappointed to miss out on finals this year,” Hamblin said.
“But there is a real buzz around the place with the recruits and everyone is keen to have a crack and make amends.
“At the end of the season we identified our weaknesses and I think we have been able to address them by adding a couple of quality midfielders and some versatile talls.
“But we realise you can have all the recruits you want but unless everyone is prepared to put in the work and commit you are not guaranteed anything.”
Eady is set to bolster the Lions midfield and has spent the past four seasons with Queensland club Noosa in the SEQALF Division 1 competition.
Will Haines is an experienced key defender who was a triple premiership player for Deniliquin before crossing to Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka where he played in another hat-trick of flags with the Demons.
Tim Haines, 20, has spent the past couple of seasons with Deniliquin and is also a key defender.
Karlburg played in four flags with Ganmain and is a tall utility who has the ability to ruck.
Hamblin said Finlayson, Taylor and McGrath were versatile talls while Coulson and Storer added further depth.
“We have re-signed 95 per cent of the list including Graham Fruean, James Morris, James Paton and Adam Hunt,” he said.
“We are also in negotiations with half-a-dozen other players including a few blokes from Canberra who are weighing up their options.”