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Strong off-season recruiting

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April 07, 2017

Star forward Harley Middleton will be hoping to have a big year for Blighty this season

FAST FACTS

COACH: DANIEL KIRCHEN 

2016 FINISH: FOURTH (11–1–6) 

2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: JOSH PEERS AND JAKE PLATFUSS 

2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: JAKE PLATFUSS (43) 

GROUND: BLIGHTY RECREATION RESERVE 

NICKNAME: REDEYES

The Blighty Redeyes have picked up where they left off last year with strong recruiting during the off-season.

Headlining the recruits is Finley onballer-forward Jed Brain, who kicked three goals in the Murray Football League grand final last year.

Also making their way to Blighty are Deni Rams swingman Matt O’Connor as well as utilities Charlie Simpson and Brad Haines, who both had a year away from footy last year.

Non-playing coach Daniel Kirchen believes that with these players, his side can go further this year.

“We identified what we were missing from last year and just wanted to fill those spaces in,” he said.

“Our list has all the makings of a premiership side with a great group of blokes from last year who all re-committed to the club as well as the recruits we’ve picked up.”

The Redeyes’ strength is their midfield depth with Brain joining joint club best-and-fairest Josh Peers, Kyel Bain, Jack Tyndall, Lachie MacDonald, Tom Druitt and Sam Singleton in the onball brigade.

Joint best-and-fairest winner Jake Plattfuss will continue to be a focal point up forward along with Lenny Clarke and Beau Close also offering plenty for the Redeyes.

With the amount of talent Blighty possesses, it is set to go deep into finals.

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