FORMER Ovens and Murray star Brad Horn has signed with the Murray Magpies.
After weeks of speculation, Horn has finally returned to the area from Queensland and will link-up with Corey Lambert, as expected, at the Hume league club.
Horn, 32, won two best and fairests at North Albury before moving north for lifestyle reasons at the end of the 2009 season.
Lambert said he couldn’t wait to unleash Horn on Howlong next Saturday.
“It’s been on the cards for a while but it’s all locked in now, which we’re rapt about,” Lambert said.
“He’ll be a fantastic addition for us.
“Not just playing-wise, which we are sure he will be, but his leadership will be super for our group.
“He’s fresh, looking fit and ready to go.”
Horn, who played at Lavington in his younger days, has also had stints at Port Melbourne, East Keilor and Queensland club Sandgate.
The classy midfielder last played in 2012.
The former Murray Bushranger had been courted by several clubs in the area but the lure of playing under close friend, relative and former coach Lambert proved too hard to ignore.
Horn played under Lambert at North Albury.
“We’re very happy with what we’ve got but he’s exactly what we needed,” Lambert said.
“He has plenty to offer.
“Our young guys are doing well but having Brad in the midfield to absorb some of that pressure will be so valuable.
“Not only will he do that, but he will also provide direction on the field.”
The Magpies sit sixth on the ladder after six rounds, with clashes against Howlong, Osborne and Jindera to come after this week’s interleague bye.
Lambert is satisfied with how his side is travelling.
“There’s a really positive mood at the moment,” he said.
“A lot of people are obviously interested in how the club is tracking and the progress we are making.
“Getting somebody of Brad’s quality and stature on board, despite having interest from other clubs, is a great sign we’re heading in the right direction.”