COACH: CRAIG EDNIE
2016 FINISH: EIGHTH (0–18)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: JACK KELLY
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: JACK KELLY (18)
GROUND: RENNIE RECREATION RESERVE
It seems like a case of out with the old and in with the new out at Rennie, but incoming coach and former Yarrawonga Pigeons legend Craig Ednie believes otherwise.
The Grasshoppers have brought in more than 20 players and Ednie has no real idea of what to expect coming into the new season.
“There are no real expectations at the moment, we are just trying to get the group together and build a good foundation for this club,” Ednie said.
Rennie has been starved of success, having not won in more than two years, and Ednie is aiming to bridge the gap between the league’s best and worst teams.
“We have not won any games in a while and we want to bring some success and confidence back to the club,” Ednie said.
“In saying that, we will try and win as many games as possible.”
Of the 23 new players brought in thus far, Ednie is expecting big things from the likes of Liam Russell, Mitch Collins-Bye, Doug Beams, Matt Pendergast and also the McCabe and Welsh brothers.
Claye Runnalls will have a delayed start to the season after dislocating his shoulder but Ednie believes the club has brought in enough players to have more than adequate depth heading into 2017.
“We have a mixture of players that are young, old or at that right age, so we will be in a good position if we do get a few injuries,” Ednie said.
Despite the changing of the guard down at Rennie, Ednie is taking a conservative thought process into the new season.
“We are optimistic at Rennie, but also realistic. We are starting from a long way back so it may take us a little bit of time to jell,” Ednie said.
IN: Mitch Collins-Bye, Craig Ednie, Luke Ednie, Matthew McCabe, Brock McCabe, Dean Bigger, Cory Pearn, Steven McKee, Ben Welsh, Jack Welsh, Claye Runnells, Daine Runnalls (Yarrawonga), Jake Beams, Cooper Bennett, Jackson McErvale-Busch, Nicholas O’Bryan, Gareth Oughton, Chase Strawhorn, Liam Russell, John McHenry (Mulwala), Matt Pendergast (Lavington),
Alex Brooks (Oakland), Cameron Sudholz (Ballarat)
OUT: Brett Clarke (Tocumwal), Lee Hyatt (Tallangatta), Jack Judd (Talbot)