Ryan Potter has committed to Mt Beauty United ahead of the new cricket season.
The all-rounder made two appearances for the Power in 2019/20 but will be with them on a full-time basis this time around.
The arrival of Potter, a Maryborough & District Cricket Association representative, is a further boost to captain Daniel Saville as his side bids to bounce back from the disappointment of a semi-final exit back in March.
"It was a strange year," Saville said.
"We had a lot of interruption with the rain keeping us away from a lot of games.
"We finished top and it was a really even competition so we were proud of the fact that we did finish as minor premiers but it dooesn't mean much when you're not holding that cup at the end of the season.
"We think we're good enough. We know we're one of the better teams in the comp, if not the best team, but unless you've got the premiership next to your name, it doesn't mean much.
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"We know we can do the job. The flag's been a little bit out of reach but there's no reason we can't be playing in that last game of the season."
Mt Beauty's batting was its strength last season and the return of South Australian Patrick Dodd for a second season at the club is another big boost to Saville in that regard.
Dodd made 407 runs last year, including a brutal 129 against Kiewa, and he was joined in the District competition's top-10 by Saville (366) and his opening partner Greg McLennan (337).
"We often posted 200-plus and the bowlers would usually defend that," Saville said.
"We're just looking to stand up in the big games. It's let us down in a couple of finals recently but we'll be expecting big runs from Greg up top again.
"We're going to be missing a couple of experienced heads at the start of the season, including Priya Silva, so we'll look to the likes of Shannon Carter, Ethan Brown, Nick Iaria and Nathan Iaria to hold our attack together.
"We've got some experienced players who we'll lean on again this year but we've pushed some younger players through over the last year or two and we're hoping to grow from within."
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