NORTH Albury dynamo Shaun Mannagh is set to drop a bombshell by returning to home club Lavington.
While Mannagh will continue to play for VFL club Richmond, the midfielder plans to nominate the Panthers as his second club.
He will carry only one player point.
Mannagh played seven matches for North Albury this season and will be the second star Hopper to depart Bunton Park in a week after classy forward Lachie Taylor-Nugent switched to rival club Albury.
The ball-magnet played his junior football for Lavington and is set to be part of a new-look midfield including Eastlake recruit Grange McMahon.
McMahon played in Eastlake’s 34-point AFL Canberra grand final loss to Ainslie this year.
Lavington has been the Ovens and Murray’s most active club on the recruiting front over the off-season with the Panthers launching a blitz on the Hume league.
Aidan Johnson (Brock-Burrum), Andrew Mackinlay and Brad Carman (Holbrook), Dylan Pettingill and Connor Clayton (Jindera), Kai Davies (Rand-Walbundre-Walla) and Sam Herzich (Billabong Crows) will be looking to establish themselves as senior players.
Former ruckman Tom Yensch has returned from a successful stint with Cardiff in the AFL Hunter Central Coast League.
He won the league medal in 2017 and followed it up with another consistent season this year.
Lavington has managed to keep its losses to a minimum with Jono Spina (Canberra Demons) and Adam Prior (Culcairn) the main departures.
Young midfielder Noah Amery has applied for a clearance to Wangaratta Rovers.
Meanwhile, Yarrawonga backman Logan Morey has signed with Murray league club Barooga.
He played with the club in juniors and will leave Pigeon coach Damian Sexton even shorter for height.