COACH: JOSH HILLARY
2016 FINISH: SEVENTH (4–12)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: JOSH HILLARY
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: AARON PURCELL (48)
GROUND: JERILDERIE FOOTBALL GROUND
Jerilderie’s rebuild is heading in the right direction according to newly appointed playing-coach Josh Hillary.
The once Picola League powerhouse struggled last year, falling from 2015 grand finalist to finishing seventh with just four wins.
But the inclusion of ex-premiership players James Gilligan, Shaun Bryce, Brad Parker and Blair Henery will add some much-needed experience to the side.
“Gilly (Gilligan) is a massive inclusion with his experience and ability to play anywhere, and Blair will add some outside class,” Hillary said.
“Shaun is a silky mover with a punishing left foot and will play when available.
“We already have plenty of grunt in the midfield so Shaun and Blair should add that touch of class needed when delivering to the forwards.”
The Demons’ midfield line-up will once again boast former league medallist and last year’s coach Chris Marshall and young gun Joe Catena along with Gilligan, Bryce and Henery.
Multiple century goalkicker Aaron Purcell will lace up the boots for another year with support from Parker up forward.
“We probably relied on Aaron too much last year so hopefully we can find a few more targets this season,” Hillary said.
“The main aim of the year is to blood some of the young guys like Mitch A’Vard and Jordan Anthony to become regular fixtures in the senior side.
“Unfortunately we’ll be missing some good young players with James Leeds going to uni and Jacob Read giving the Ovens and Murray League a crack, but our club has a lot of talent in the thirds.”
In: Blair Henery (Old Trinity), James Gilligan (Rovers), Brad Parker (year off), Shaun Bryce (Oak Park).
Out: Jacob Read (Lavington), James Leeds (university).