WODONGA has given itself a huge chance of climbing up the Ovens and Murray ladder after signing four key players.
Southport ruckman Sam Jewell, Barooga coach Zac Brain and former Bulldog big-man Harry Pole have committed while young key forward Hudson Garoni will play when free of commitments with Werribee.
The signing spree is a huge boost for the 2019 wooden-spooner with new coach Jordan Taylor having already locked away Steve Murray (Benalla), Harry McKimmie (Redan) and Mitch Dinneen (Yackandandah).
Wodonga football manager Darren Mathey said the signings were crucial to the club's prospects.
"We have probably got 99 per cent of our list committed for next year," Mathey said.
"That's been a bonus for us because in recent years we have had multiple players leave the club.
"Zac (Fulford) has done a great job keeping the list together and bringing these recruits in is really going to help the kids development.
"We're really happy with the recruiting we have been able to do."
The 196-centimetre Jewell played in a premiership with Taylor at Southport and will provide much-needed strength with Pole.
Jewell is presently playing in Darwin.
Brain, who coached Barooga in 2019, is set to play in the midfield.
He has represented Queensland and had stints with Labrador and Nightcliff.
"We targeted specific areas," Mathey said.
"Sam and Harry are going to be really good help for our younger blokes and Zac provides some strength and leadership in the middle of the ground.
"'Huddy' is also going to give us a target when he comes back from Werribee.
"It's certainly the best position we have been in for a while with player retention and recruits.
"At this stage no one has officially left."
Wodonga had 50 players train earlier this week under assistant-coach Murray.