Thurgoona hardman Daniel Kannenberg has signed with Bullioh.
He has spent the past eight years with the Bulldogs and notched more than 120 matches including the 2017 flag triumph over Kiewa-Sandy Creek.
Kannenberg said family commitments with his young family forced his hand into making the tough decision.
"It was a tough decision to leave some of my best mates and premiership teammates and sign with Bullioh," Kannenberg said.
"But the premiership and the good memories at Thurgoona is something that nobody can take away from me.
"I feel grateful to have played so long for a great club like Thurgoona with the club and supporters always supportive of the kids and I.
"My two boys and daughter are playing for Lavington this season, so with no kids at Thurgoona I thought I may as well have a year at Bullioh.
"The shorter season in the Upper Murray league also appealed to me as I get more time to watch the kids."
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Kannenberg joined Thurgoona from Culcairn in 2011 and soon became a favourite at the kennel with his ferocious attack on the ball.
Teammates also admired his rugged style.
Kannenberg said he was good mates with Bullioh reserves coach Ben Parker who had enticed him to the Upper Murray league club.
"Benny has been on my case about playing out at Bullioh for a couple of years now," he said.
"Friends and former teammates also spoke highly of Clint Ried who is co-coaching out there again."
The signing of Kannenberg is a huge coup for Bullioh who have kept most of its list after winning the flag and going undefeated last season.
The league powerhouse are raging favourites to go back-to-back this season.
The Bulldogs' biggest loss is Zac Burhop.
Last year Burhop became the first Bullioh player in a decade to win the Upper Murray league’s best and fairest award.
Bullioh host Cudgewa in the opening round.
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