Brock-Burrum has boosted its midfield stocks with the signing of Jordan Hansted from Barnawartha.
The former Glenrowan premiership player, 26, has impressed the Saints with his versatility while their proactive approach, in turn, has already enthused him about the prospects for 2022.
"They come across pretty professional in the way they go about it," Hansted said.
"We were only meant to have a grand final last week and they're already on the hunt to set their side up for pushing forward to next year.
"An opportunity came up to run their pre-season, manage their recovery and do a bit of rehab stuff with them.
"It ties in with what I do, massage and myotherapy, and it's a good opportunity for me to do some fitness coaching."
Brock-Burrum assistant coach Matt Seiter is excited to have Hansted on board.
"We chased him because we were looking to add to our midfield depth," Seiter said.
"For a 26-year-old, he's got a lot of experience and he's still got his best footy ahead of him so we're really keen to see what he's going to bring to the club.
"He can go in and get the footy and he's a good user on the outside.
"He'll play whatever role the team needs him to do and having someone with that flexibility is great.
"Jordy won three flags at Glenrowan and he won a best-and-fairest in a premiership year so he can play.
"After two years of footy wilderness, in terms of not getting a result, we're ready to have a real crack.
"Jordy coming on board shows how determined the club is to challenge for premierships and maintain the high standards we've set ourselves."
Hansted, who played 10 of Barnawartha's 11 games this season, is itching to get stuck into the Hume league and, tellingly, he revealed that playing for a club in his home state was one of the driving factors behind the switch.
"It wasn't an easy decision because Barny's a great club with great people running it," he said.
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"But the last two years have been difficult for everyone on the football scene.
"Living and working in Albury and trying to cross the border has been pretty difficult.
"It's just the unknown factors of what could happen next year.
"I missed out on a bit of football this year due to Victoria going into lockdown.
"Brock do their pre-season in Albury, just around the corner from my house on Monday and Wednesday, so that's another benefit.
"They train in town once a week as well.
"The Hume league is a different style of footy to the TDFL but I played in the Ovens & King for a while and the grounds are quite similar in size so I think that'll suit my footy."
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