2020 NFNL Transfer News


Published on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Keep updated with all the transfer news ahead of the 2020 NFNL football season.

The transfer window opened on November 1 and will temporarily close on November 30 ahead of the Christmas holidays. The transfer window will reopen on February 1.

Continue below for all the major news from the transfer table and as clubs announce their newest signings.

For the full list of transfers to and from NFNL clubs, please head to www.nfnl.org.au/player-transfers.


NOVEMBER 13

Eltham has submitted its transfer for BRADYN TAGLIERI and the request has been approved by Balwyn.

The three-time NFNL representative midfielder spent the 2019 with the EFL powerhouse but has made a swift return to the Panthers.

It is a major boost for the club, who will enter the 2020 A Plus Labour Solutions Division 2 season with a new coach in Greensborough legend Robert Hyde.

Taglieri has played 119 games for Eltham and won the club’s best and fairest in 2015.

• South Morang midfielder BAILEY BROWN is making the jump to Division 1, with the young star looking to make a move to Montmorency.

Brown won South Morang’s best and fairest in 2018 and was also named in the 2018 Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 Team of the Year in his first full season of senior football.

He played in the 2017 grand final in just his sixth senior appearance and was also a member of the Lions’ grand final side that lost this year’s premiership decider to Panton Hill.

Meanwhile, teammate NATHAN TASSELL has lodged a transfer to join Caroline Springs, however South Morang has denied the clearance.

Reservoir’s DANIEL SEBEH has lodged a transfer to join EDFL Premier Division club Glenroy. The 21-year-old finished third in the Mustangs best and fairest this year and was named among the club’s best players in seven of his 14 appearances.


NOVEMBER 12

Hurstbridge has announced the signing of TOM GRIMES and JACK STEWART.

Grimes has previously played 61 senior matches for the Bridges and was among the best players on the ground in the 2016 Division 2 grand final win over North Heidelberg.

He spent the 2019 season at Warrandyte and booted 26 goals in 17 appearances in the EFL Division 3 competition.

Grimes is a former Northern Knights representative and also spent time with the Northern Blues in the former AFL Victoria Development League.

Stewart is a 19-year-old who joins from Laurimar.

He made his senior debut at 17 and has gone on to play 19 senior games for the Power.

He overcame injury early in the 2019 season to play nine games, including both the second semi and preliminary final.

Stewart was a member of the Box Hill Hawks list in 2019, but didn’t play a game for the VFL club.


NOVEMBER 11

Northcote Park has made waves by announcing the signing of retired Essendon midfielder DAVID MYERS.

Myers is among a dozen new inclusions set to join the Cougars under Barry Mitchell, including West Coburg’s TOM BARAVI, Collingwood VFL-listed midfielder JACKSON WILLIAMS, Old Scotch star WILL MITCHELL, Epping defender REED JEPSON and NAB League representatives LUCAS PERRY (Northern Knights) and JONAH HORO (Western Jets).

Myers was selected at pick No.6 in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft and went on to play 123 AFL games across 11 seasons with Essendon.

The raking left footer announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2019 season, after spending much of year with the Bombers’ VFL side – where he was among the best players in 11 of his 14 appearances.

Speaking to Leader, Northcote Park coach Barry Mitchell said Myers could spend time forward next year as a replacement for Ash Close.

Tom Baravi joins from West Coburg after finishing runner-up in the EDFL Division 1 best and fairest, while VFL-listed Williams this year featured in the AFL Victoria Young Guns series and has previous TAC Cup experience with Bendigo Pioneers.

Will Mitchell is the son of new Cougars coach Barry and joins after a dominant season at Old Scotch, where he featured in the club’s best players in 13 of 15 matches to steer the Cardinals into the VAFA Premier B grand final.

North Ballarat City has entered a transfer for West Preston-Lakeside defender SAM GLOVER, in a move that would see the 22-year-old return to his junior club.

Glover won the Roosters’ best and fairest in their 2018 premiership campaign and was named in the Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 Team of the Year in the same season.

His outstanding campaign saw him added to Collingwood’s VFL list this year, where he went on to play 12 games and impressed enough to earn an invitation to the state AFL Draft Combine.

Glover played junior football with the Ballarat Football League club and represented the Greater Western Victoria Rebels in the TAC Cup in both 2013 and 2014.

He joined the Northern Blues in 2016 and spent two seasons on the club’s VFL list, while also playing with Kew in the VAFA.

Laurimar has submitted transfers for six players, including former Division 2 leading goal kicker DANIEL FRANCIS, Hurstbridge duo MATT GERSH and MITCH LUCAS and Reservoir defender PAUL CLUNEY.

Francis has been restricted to just two senior games over the past two years, but has been a noted goal kicker during stints with Hurstbridge and Fitzroy Stars.

The 27-year-old has booted 260 goals in 100 senior matches, which includes a 71-goal season for the Stars in 2016 when he took out the Division 2 leading goal kicker award.

Gersh and Lucas have both played senior football at both Division 1 and Division 2 level and made appearances for Hurstbridge this year, while Cluney played 26 games for the Mustangs over the past two years.


NOVEMBER 10

• JHYE BADDELEY KELLY is one step closer to returning to Epping, with his transfer officially lodged to join the Blues from North Heidelberg.

The 23-year-old played junior football at Epping Recreation Reserve and has since gone on to become one of the competition’s most versatile players.

Baddeley-Kelly played 70 senior games for Lalor and won the club’s best and fairest in 2017, before adding another 39 with the Bulldogs over the past two seasons.

He was a member of the NFNL representative side in both 2018 and 2019, and represented Vic Metro in both years.

Baddeley-Kelly was named in the 2018 Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 Team of the Year and was also listed by VFL club Williamstown in 2019.

West Preston-Lakeside premiership player NICHOLAS KEMPE appears headed for Doncaster after one season with the Roosters.

The 21-year-old played 13 games in 2019, including all four finals, as the Roosters claimed a historic premiership triumph.

The Queenslander joined West Preston-Lakeside from Broadbeach at the beginning of 2019 and had previous NEAFL experience with Southport and Gold Coast.


NOVEMBER 9

Diamond Creek has entered transfer requests for four players, including JAKE WILD, JAYDEN WALKER, MATT SORRENTI and TOM McGIBBONY.

23-year-old Wild has spent the past three seasons with Yarrawonga and prior to that played at Mulwala, where he was a member of the Murray Football League representative team.

Wild has experience in the NFNL after featuring for Montmorency in 2014 and has represented both the Murray Bushrangers and Northern Knights in the TAC Cup.

Walker is a noted goal kicker in the Essendon District Football League and joins the Creekers after playing just one game in 2019.

He kicked 62 goals in 32 appearances for Glenroy, which includes a 50-goal haul in the club’s 2017 premiership campaign.

The 24-year-old has also played senior football for Greenvale and Roxburgh Park and previously represented the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup.

Sorrenti and McGibbony have both played country football in recent seasons, with Sorrenti joining from Avenel and McGibbony crossing from Thurgoona.

Watsonia has lodged transfers for seven players.

Among those heading to A.K. Lines Reserve are Lalor’s JOSH NOVELLI, Greensborough duo JACOB PICKETT and JESSE PRESSER, Montmorency’s XAVIER CAHILL, West Preston-Lakeside’s KHODR WAARI and Bundoora’s MILAD ALMATRAH.

Novelli was a member of West Preston-Lakeside’s 2018 premiership side before enduring an injury plagued 2019 with Lalor, where he managed just seven games.

Pickett and Presser have both played senior football with Greensborough in recent seasons. Pickett has played 27 senior games for the Boro, including nine in 2019, while Presser featured five times in 2018.

Waari didn’t play in 2019, but previously played 28 games for West Preston-Lakeside. He has also represented the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup and the Northern Blues in the former VFL Development League.

Cahill made 45 appearances in Montmorency’s senior side over the past six years, including six games in 2019, while Almatrah won the NFNL Division 1 under-19 goal kicking award in 2017 with 59 majors.


NOVEMBER 8

NFNL representative defender DALE MARSHALL has entered a transfer request from Bundoora to Essendon Doutta Stars.

Marshall played 44 senior games for the Bulls and was a member of the 2017 Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 premiership side.

The 22-year-old was part of the NFNL side that claimed the No.1 spot on the AFL Victoria Community Championships rankings with a four-goal win over the Geelong Football Netball League in May.

He played two VFL games for Essendon this season and was also a member of the AFL Victoria Metro Under-25 team that took on the Tasmanian State League.

Marshall won the NFNL Division 1 under-19 best and fairest in 2016 and finished third in Bundoora’s best and fairest in 2018.

Epping has submitted clearances for seven players, including two-time West Preston-Lakeside premiership player JAMES TADD, Lalor skipper JACKSON FREEBAIRN and JORDAN WILKINS, who is looking to return to the Blues after a season at Laurimar.

Tadd played 57 senior games across five seasons with West Preston-Lakeside, including 41 of a possible 44 games over the past two years to help the Roosters become the first club this decade to win consecutive flags in the top flight.

Freebairn returns to Epping after spending the past five seasons at Lalor, including the past two as captain.

He played five games for the Blues in 2014, before going on to feature 81 times for Lalor. He was a member of the Bloods’ 2015 grand final side and also represented the NFNL at under-19 level in 2016.


NOVEMBER 7

Eltham has announced the return of former captain BRADYN TAGLIERI for the 2020 season.

The 27-year-old spent the 2019 campaign with Eastern league powerhouse Balwyn.

Taglieri played 119 senior games for the Panthers between 2010 and 2018. He won the best and fairest in 2015 and led the club to Division 2 grand final last year.

He has been a member of the NFNL representative team on three occasions, in 2018, 2016 and 2015.

Thomastown has entered a transfer for Bundoora forward TODD HUGHES.

Hughes featured in the Bulls’ 2017 Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 premiership team and played a leading role in this year’s reserves grand final win.

He previously spent a decade with Lalor and booted 196 goals in his final three seasons with the Bloods. That included taking out the Division 2 goal kicking award in 2015, when he booted 81 goals during the club’s grand final campaign.


NOVEMBER 6

• Macleod has lodged its transfer for Lower Plenty skipper PATTY FLYNN.

Flynn has been one of the competition’s premier big men for the past decade and joins the Roos after an injury-plagued 2019 campaign.

A two-time premiership winner with Lower Plenty, Flynn won the Division 2 best and fairest in 2018 and has previously claimed Coaches MVP award in both Division 1 and Division 2.

He was best afield in Lower Plenty’s grand final win over Eltham in 2018 and joins Macleod after 152 appearances for the Bears.

MUHAMMAD SAAD looks set to depart Macleod after one season at De Winton Park. The VFL-listed forward has lodged a clearance to join Avondale Heights. Saad was among a host of Coburg-listed players to link up with the Roos in 2019 and impressed with 14 goals in eight appearances – highlighted by a five-goal haul in a best on ground display against Bundoora in Round 12. He now looks set for a return to the EDFL, having previously lined up for West Coburg.

• Reservoir has made transfer applications for three players from Laverton, including PATRICK LEE, RYAN TYSON and PETER BOYD. Lee topped the WRFL club’s goal kicking with 22 majors this year. The Mustangs have also added JONAH TAYLOR from Watsonia, who booted 12 goals in seven appearances for the Saints in 2018.

ADAM BROVEDANI looks set to join East Burwood after 50 senior games for Eltham. The 23-year-old has been a member of the Panthers’ senior line-up for the past six seasons, but was restricted to just seven games in 2019 due to injury.


NOVEMBER 5

• Montmorency has announced the signing of TOM MICHAEL. The 23-year-old tall forward has played with NEAFL club Redland, before moving to Victoria and linking up with St Albans in the Geelong Football League.


NOVEMBER 4

• Bundoora tall DANIEL GUCCIONE has been approved a transfer to join EDFL Premier Division club Pascoe Vale.

The 23-year-old key position player played 36 senior games for the Bulls over the past three seasons, including a career-high 16 games in 2018.

He played 13 matches in 2019 and also shared his time with Essendon’s VFL side, where he featured seven times.

• Heidelberg youngster JARROD WALTERS has a pending transfer to join St Bernards in the VAFA. Walters joined the Tigers from AFL Barwon outfit St Mary’s this year and went on to play 10 games, including both finals. He also played two VFL games for the Northern Blues. He previously represented Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup and also played for Vic Country’s under-19 team in its clash with the VAFA in 2018.


NOVEMBER 3

• Heidelberg West has announced the signing of former Panton Hill premiership player LLOYD TOFFOLON. The 30-year-old was a member of the Redbacks’ 2013 grand final team that defeated Watsonia by one point. He has also played senior football at Old Ivanhoe, Heidelberg, Balwyn and, most recently, with AFL Barwon’s St Albans.

The Hawks have today also lodged transfers for recently announced signings ALLAN YOUNG and ALEX WILLIAMSON.

CHRIS BURTON and HAYDEN HUNT are both heading back to Eltham in 2020. Burton previously kicked 56 goals in 32 appearances for the Panthers – which included a 45-goal season in Division 1 back in 2011. He has since had stints with Montmorency, Diamond Creek, Hurstbridge, Avenel, Dookie and Belmont Districts. Hunt played 11 senior games for the Panthers before spending the past two years with North Heidelberg’s reserves. He did play a senior game for the Bulldogs in 2018.

AARYN GIBSON will return to Epping after spending the past two seasons with the Fitzroy Stars. The versatile tall played 35 senior games for the Blues between 2014 to 2016, before adding another 17 with the Stars.


NOVEMBER 2

• Old Ivanhoe has officially entered a transfer for Northcote Park key forward ASH CLOSE, who is joining the VAFA club as playing-coach in 2020.

Close joined the Cougars in 2015 and has been one of the competition’s most dominant forwards in his time in the NFNL – booting 136 goals in 49 appearances, while also spending time with Collingwood’s VFL side.

He was named at centre half forward in the 2017 Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 Team of the Year and booted five goals in the NFNL’s huge representative win over the WRFL in the same year.

• Fitzroy Stars midfielder ETHAN PENRITH has lodged a transfer to join Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 reigning premier West Preston-Lakeside. Penrith shared the Stars best and fairest with Max Maynard this season despite playing just nine games. The 20-year-old also played five VFL games with the Northern Blues in 2019, adding to the 16 he played last year. Penrith previously listed Northcote Park as his nominated home club and made one appearance for the Cougars in 2018.

• After announcing their signings on October 6, Lower Plenty has entered transfer for KIERAN MALONE, RORY KAVANAGH, JAMES ELLIOTT and TOM SCOTT. Malone returns to the club after stints with Eltham, Banyule and Old Eltham Collegians. He featured in Banyule’s premiership team in 2017 and was a standout for Old Eltham Collegians this year – winning the club’s best and fairest in its inaugural season in the NFNL. He also finished inside the top five in the league best and fairest and Coaches MVP voting after kicking 34 goals in 11 games.

• Mernda has lodged transfers for seven players, including former Lalor skipper SHANNON SMITH and Craigieburn teammates JACOB AUSTIN and BRYCE KIMULIATIS – all of whom the Demons announced as signings last month. Thomastown defender LANE TUCKER also looks headed for Waterview Recreation Reserve in 2020, linking up with former coach Robert Fletcher – who he played under at Jacana. Tucker played every game for Thomastown in 2018, before adding another four this year.


NOVEMBER 1

• Heidelberg co-captain RYAN STONE appears set for a return to Wangaratta Rovers after six seasons at Warringal Park.

Stone previously played 71 senior games for the Rovers before crossing to Heidelberg. He has lodged a transfer back to the Ovens & Murray Football League club on the opening day of the 2020 transfer window.

A three-time NFNL representative, Stone has played 93 senior games with Heidelberg since joining in 2014.

He was a member of Heidelberg’s 2016 premiership side and also featured in the Tigers’ 2014 grand final team in his first season with the club.

Stone was runner-up in Heidelberg’s best and fairest count in both 2018 and 2017, before this year assuming the captaincy with Sam Gilmore.

• While Ryan Stone looks on the way out, Heidelberg co-skipper SAM GILMORE has recommitted for the 2020 season. Gilmore enjoyed a dominant 2019 campaign and became the first Heidelberg player to win the Division 1 Coaches MVP award. He also won the Tigers’ best and fairest award, the Blair Harvey Medal.

ADAM OXLEY has entered a transfer to return to NEAFL club Redland. Oxley played 34 AFL games for Collingwood between 2013 and 2018, before combining his time between the Magpies VFL side and Eltham in 2019. He played five games for the Panthers, including both finals, and was named best afield in the 19-point first semi final win over Thomastown.

• Thomastown forward JACOB OSEI-DURO is on the move after 123 senior games with the Bears. The 2014 premiership player and competition leading goal kicker is headed to EDFL club Tullamarine. Osei-Duro booted 261 goals for the Bears, headlined by a 76-goal haul to steer the club to the 2014 Division 3 flag. He this year finished runner-up in the Division 2 reserves best and fairest, despite playing only six games in the competition.

• Lalor has wasted no time, filing 10 transfers on the opening day of the transfer window. Among those on their way to Lalor Reserve in 2020 are LOUIS HILL, JUSTIN BENTLEY, ANTHONY REARDON and STEVEN MILES.

Hill is a two-time premiership winner with North Heidelberg and spent the 2019 season with Yarroweyah, while Bentley has played senior football for Heidelberg West, North Heidelberg, Northcote Park and, most recently, Coburg Districts.

Reardon is a strong defender who has been named the best players in 16 of 42 matches for Braybrook over the past three seasons, while Miles has senior experience with the Fitzroy Stars and Parkside.

• Mernda has suffered an early blow, with BRAD DIMECH entering a transfer to return to EDFL outfit Roxburgh Park, although the transfer has been denied by the Demons. The 21-year-old midfielder was a revelation in his two seasons with Mernda – winning this year’s best and fairest after last year finishing tied for fifth despite playing just nine games. Dimech was the Demons’ sole representative in the 2019 Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 Team of the Year. He has previously played 58 games for Roxburgh Park. Mernda teammate BRENDEN EGBERTS also has a pending transfer to the EDFL club.

• Epping has denied a transfer request for THOMAS BURNSIDE to join Balranald in the Central Murray Football Netball League. The youngster was a revelation for the Blues this season after crossing from East Sunbury, playing all but one game and finishing fourth in the best and fairest.


OCTOBER 30

• Eltham has confirmed the re-signing of key duo ANTON WOODS and TIM CURRIE for the 2020 season.

Woods captained the Panthers in 2019 and has been a member of the NFNL’s representative team in each of the past three seasons. He won the club’s best and fairest in 2017 and has finished inside the top-five of the club’s best and fairest in four of the past five years.

Currie returned to Eltham in 2018 after a successful stint with Williamstown, which included being part of the Seagulls’ VFL premiership team in 2015. He finished third in Eltham’s best and fairest in 2018 and was also named in the 2018 A Plus Labour Solutions Division 2 Team of the Year.

• Hurstbridge has announced the signing of Northcote Park dasher TYSON OLD. The 23-year-old has played 51 senior games for the Cougars over the past four seasons and finished equal-fourth in the 2017 best and fairest to help steer the club to the preliminary final. Old made four VFL appearances for Coburg this year and has again signed on for the 2020 season, however he looks set to list Hurstbridge as his nominated home club.

• Watsonia forward ALLAN YOUNG is headed to Heidelberg West in 2020. Young booted 93 goals in 59 appearances across two stints with the Saints and was a member of the club’s leadership group in recent seasons. He also kicked 64 goals in 46 senior matches for Heidelberg and was a member of the Tigers’ Division 1 grand final side in 2014 and 2012.


OCTOBER 29

• Fitzroy Stars announce their first recruit under new coach Dean Rioli, with young gun JESSE FIREBRACE signing for the 2020 season. Firebrace booted 44 goals in 30 senior matches for St Kilda City over the past two years and now joins his brother Jake at Sir Douglas Nicholls Oval. He has previously represented the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup and won the best on ground medal in the SFNL’s under-18 representative clash in 2016.


OCTOBER 27

• Mernda has unveiled the signing of former Craigieburn and Jacana duo BRYCE KIMULIATIS and JACOB AUSTIN. Both were members of Jacana’s EDFL Division 2 premiership side in 2017, before joining Craigieburn this year. Kimuliatis is a forward who will serve as a playing assistant coach for Mernda, while Austin is a key defender and won Jacana’s best and fairest in 2016.


OCTOBER 25

• Heidelberg has bid farewell to TOM SULLIVAN, who will return to former club Tatura in 2020.

Sullivan has been one of the competition’s standout players since joining the Tigers.

He was an integral part of the club’s premiership success in his first season with the club in 2016 – finishing equal-second in the best and fairest and starring in the grand final win over Macleod.

He was named in the Division 1 Team of the Year in 2017 and won the club’s best and fairest, the Blair Harvey Medal, in the same season.

Sullivan made 71 appearances for the Tigers and finished in the top-five of the club’s best and fairest count in all four seasons at Warringal Park – which included a fourth-place finish in 2019.

Heidelberg also looks set to be without 2019 best and fairest runner-up JACK BLAIR, who has joined brother Jarryd at VFL side Port Melbourne, while SAM GRIMLEY has joined Uni Blues in the VAFA.

Grimley topped the Tigers’ goal kicking in two of his three seasons with the club and finished with 121 goals in 51 appearances.


OCTOBER 24

• TODD HUGHES will link up with Thomastown in 2020. The key forward has spent the past three seasons with Bundoora. He was a member of the Bulls’ 2017 Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 premiership team, before starring in this year’s reserves’ grand final win over Greensborough. He previously spent a decade with Lalor and booted 196 goals in his final three seasons with the Bloods. That included taking out the Division 2 goal kicking award in 2015, when he booted 81 goals during the club’s grand final campaign.

• JORDAN WILKINS will return to Epping after spending the 2019 season with Laurimar. The 20-year-old is a three-time junior best and fairest winner with the club and played 30 senior games with the Blues, including the 2016 Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 grand final loss to Watsonia. He made 11 appearances for Laurimar this year, but missed the finals series through injury.


OCTOBER 23

• Montmorency will welcome back BEN KENNEDY in 2020.

Kennedy won the Magpies best and fairest in 2018, when he was also named in the Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 Team of the Year and finished runner up in the Coaches MVP award. He spent the 2019 season with Williamstown and featured in the Seagulls’ VFL grand final loss, but will return to Montmorency on a full-time basis next year.

Kennedy played 40 AFL games for Collingwood and Melbourne between 2013 to 2016.


OCTOBER 15

• The good news continues for Epping, with two-time West Preston-Lakeside premiership player JAMES TADD signing on for the 2020 season.

The 23-year-old played 41 of a possible 44 games for the Roosters over the past two years as they became the first Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 side this decade to win back-to-back flags.

Tadd played a total of 57 senior games across five seasons with West Preston-Lakeside and looks a welcome addition to the Blues as they aim to rise up the A Plus Labour Solutions Division 2 ladder following a bottom-place finish in 2019.

OCTOBER 14

• Macleod announces the signing of Lower Plenty skipper PATTY FLYNN.

Flynn has been one of the competition’s premier big men for the past decade and joins the Roos after an injury-plagued 2019 campaign.

A two-time Division 2 premiership winner, Flynn produced one of the all-time great seasons in 2018. He was best afield in the club’s incredible Division 2 grand final win over Eltham, before also winning the competition best and fairest.

Flynn played a total of 152 games for Lower Plenty and has previously been a member of the NFNL representative team.

• Banyule will welcome back NICK BISCONTIN in 2020 after a stint playing cricket in England. Biscontin was a member of the Bears’ 2017 Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 premiership and was named at full back in the 2018 A Plus Labour Solutions Division 2 Team of the Year.


OCTOBER 12

BRENT MACAFFER has recommited to Eltham for the next three seasons.

The 2010 Collingwood premiership player this year became the first Eltham player to win a league best and fairest since 1982 – sharing the Division 2 award with Whittlesea’s Xavier Dimasi and Banyule’s Riley Loton.

Macaffer has won the Division 2 Coaches MVP award in each of the past two years, as well as scooping Eltham’s best and fairest in both his seasons at Panther Place.

He also took on the senior coaching role in the final two months of the 2019 season, sharing the role with Michael Still.


OCTOBER 10

• Former Lalor skipper SHANNON SMITH has signed on as a playing-assistant with Mernda.

Smith returns to the NFNL after a two-year stint with Craigieburn, who he helped guide to the EDFL’s Division 1 flag this year.

He kicked 70 goals in 36 games over the past two years, which included a 41-goal haul during the club’s premiership campaign in 2019.

Smith was a standout during his time with Lalor. He booted 70 goals in the Bloods’ 2007 Division 2 premiership season and was captain of the 2015 Division 2 grand final side that lost a thriller against Whittlesea by three points.


OCTOBER 6

KIERAN MALONE will return to Lower Plenty in 2020.

The 23-year-old played three senior games with the Bears in 2013, while still playing junior football at Research.

He has since gone on to play senior football with Eltham, Banyule and Old Eltham Collegians.

Malone was a member of Banyule’s 2017 premiership side and this year starred for Old Eltham Collegians in its inaugural season in the NFNL.

He kicked 34 goals in just 11 games this year to earn selection in the Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 Team of the Year and finished inside the top-five in both the best and fairest and Coaches MVP voting.

Malone will be joined at Lower Plenty by Macleod’s TOM SCOTT, Yarrawonga’s JAMES ELLIOTT and Diamond Creek’s RORY KAVANAGH.


OCTOBER 1

• Epping has pulled off a major recruiting coup, with two-time NFNL and Vic Metro representative JHYE BADDELEY-KELLY crossing from North Heidelberg.

The 23-year-old played junior football with the Blues and has since gone on to become one of the competition’s most versatile players.

Baddeley-Kelly played 70 senior games for Lalor and won the club’s best and fairest in 2017, before adding another 39 with the Bulldogs over the past two years.

He was named in the 2018 Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 Team of the Year and was also listed by VFL club Williamstown in 2019.


SEPTEMBER 27

• Bundoora has announced the signing of former Fremantle-listed forward HAMISH SHEPHEARD.

Selected by the Dockers with pick No.34 in the 2009 rookie draft, Shepheard has experience at VFL, WAFL and NEAFL level.

He played seven games for VAFA club Old Ivanhoe in 2019, which included a nine-goal haul in Round 3.

He looks set to be joined at Yulong Reserve by North Heidelberg premiership forward KYLE GREEN and exciting Eltham youngster JESSE KING.

Green featured in the Bulldogs’ 2017 premiership team and booted 60 goals in 75 appearances for the club, while King showed promising signs for the Panthers in 2019 – booting 13 goals in seven games before suffering a season-ending injury.


SEPTEMBER 25

• Diamond Creek has announced the signing of JAKE WILD – its first recruit under new coach Andrew Tranquilli.

Wild has spent the past three seasons with Yarrawonga and prior to that played at Mulwala, where he also was a member of the Murray Football League representative team.

Wild has experience in the NFNL after featuring for Montmorency in 2014 and has represented both the Murray Bushrangers and Northern Knights in the TAC CUP.

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