NORTH Albury has landed its biggest recruiting sting in several years by signing three former VFL-listed players.
In a flying visit to Melbourne on Thursday night, Hopper coach Isaac Muller secured midfielders Jack Furlong and Jacob Smith and key defender Eamon Gilbert.
The signings come as Yarrawonga continue to hover around Williamstown stars Leigh Masters and Willie Wheeler.
Masters and Wheeler have left the VFL club and are in ongoing discussions with the Pigeons.
Muller said Furlong, Smith and Gilbert were targeted for specific roles at Bunton Park.
It's a step by step process for us but we think we are heading in the right directionIsaac Muller
"They wanted an opportunity to play country footy and we couldn't be happier for them to come on board," Muller said.
"A couple mature age players is exactly what we were after.
"We have taken our time and been really specific.
"We've known about them for a while but we wanted to get a better grounding with our younger players gaining more experience."
Furlong, 23, was on Essendon's VFL list for two years, played in Bundoora's 2017 premiership with Muller and represented the Northern Football League.
Smith, 20, has spent the past two seasons with Werribee Districts and managed two VFL matches for Footscray in 2018.
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Furlong is a classy left-foot midfielder while Hopper officials are confident Smith's strong in-and-under game will be suited to the Ovens and Murray.
Gilbert, who is 24 and stands at 195-centimetres, spent two years with Northern Blues before crossing to Essendon and later Bundoora.
"It's a step by step process for us but we think we are heading in the right direction," Muller said.
"We now have some stability."
North Albury have also signed Lavington's Callum Patterson and Ethan Bakic.
Former AFL player Clem Smith will also be like a recruit after shedding considerable weight.