FORMER Wodonga Raiders co-captain Steve Jolliffe has followed Beau Packer to Howlong.
Jolliffe, 25, has signed as Packer’s deputy after spending the second half of this season at home club Collingullie-Glenfield Park.
“It’s closer to where I’m living, and it’s an assistant-coaching role,” Jolliffe said.
“It was really hard travelling (to Collingullie) by myself, with a young family.”
The Ovens and Murray representative was released from his contract at Wodonga Raiders last season due to personal reasons and is one of several high-profile recruits heading into the Hume league.
Prolific Yackandandah goalkicker Trent Castles has committed to Jindera while Matt Sharp and Sam Harris will line-up at Holbrook.
Wodonga’s Matt Seiter has also been strongly linked to the league.
Jolliffe’s signing will help off-set the departure of Joel Price and Tim Brook (Henty) and Tyson Logie (Corowa-Rutherglen) from Howlong.
Packer also has several other Ovens and Murray recruits on the radar.
“Howlong has only missed the finals three times in the past 20 years so we’re keen to get back in there,” he said.
Howlong hasn’t missed the finals many times in the past 20 years so we’re keen to get back in thereBeau Packer
“’Joffa’ will be fantastic.
“He’s a star and his leadership will be super with all the young blokes at the club.
“Like other clubs, we’re speaking to a few players and hopefully there is good news on that front soon.”
Packer has coached Wodonga Raiders’ reserve and third grade sides and was Daryn Cresswell’s senior assistant-coach this year.
He played in the Raiders’ reserve grade grand final win over Yarrawonga.
“Howlong’s a great footy club so I couldn’t knock it back really,” he said.
“It’s probably time I had a go at coaching senior footy myself.”