THURGOONA’S premiership aspirations have skyrocketed after luring Josh Maher to the kennel.
Doswell said he was able to lure Maher to Thurgoona with the pair close mates and described it as a huge coup for the Tallangatta league club.
“I’m stoked to be able to sign Josh,” Doswell said.
“He has become one of my really good mates over the last couple of year’s so I was pretty keen to get him involved at the club.
“Obviously when he made the decision to leave Magpies he had quite a few clubs chasing his signature but I’m pleased he joined us.
“I played against him when I was at Wodonga and alongside him in a few Ovens and Murray interleague sides.”
Maher has spent the past three season’s at Murray Magpies including as coach in 2017 after leaving Albury at the end of the 2015.
The rugged midfielder starred in Albury’s 2010 and 2011 premierships.
Maher, 32, made the All Australian Country side in 2012 after dominating for NSW-ACT at the Australian Country Football Championships in Wagga.
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“He will rotate through our midfield and give us a real presence in the clinches,” he said.
“He also has the ability to pinch hit down forward and was picked in the All Australian as a forward.
“Both can play in the midfield and forward so it gives you a lot of flexibility as a coach and less predictable for the opposition.
“I know there are some critics out there saying I should probably be recruiting younger guys because we have got an ageing list but I’m happy with how the recruiting has gone over the summer.”
Despite the signings at Thurgoona, Kiewa-Sandy Creek will start the season as flag favourites.
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