2024 NFNL Transfer News


Published on Thursday, March 21, 2024

Keep up to date with all the latest NFNL senior men’s and women’s transfer news ahead of the 2024 football season.

This page will provide rolling coverage from the transfer table, ahead of the start of the 2024 senior season, which begins on Good Friday, March 29th.

Continue below for all the latest from the transfer table.


MARCH 21

Ivanhoe has confirmed that premiership player and former Geelong and West Coast midfielder Soctt Selwood will suit up for the club 2024.

Selwood was a member of the Hoers’ 2022 Division 2 VAFA premiership side, and is set to return to the club when his coaching duties at Collingwood allow for it.

He played 169 AFL games between 2008 and 2019, spending eight years at West Coast and four seasons with Geelong.

 


MARCH 20

Eltham has announced the signing of Ben Quaynor for the 2024 season.

Brother of Collingwood premiership player Isaac, Quaynor has recently been included in the Magpies’ Next Generation Academy after spending time with the Northern Knights Academy in 2022.

He made eight senior appearances for EFNL premier division side Doncaster East in 2023.


MARCH 14

The good news keeps coming for Heidelberg after successfully lodging a transfer for former Collingwood player Trent Bianco.

Bianco played 23 AFL matches for the Pies between 2021 and 2023 after being selected with pick 45 in the 2019 AFL Draft.

He will play with Footscray in the VFL this year.


MARCH 9

A huge potential move is brewing after Panton Hill’s Tom Keys requested a transfer to sign with Division 1 premiers Heidelberg.

Keys looks to come to Warringal Park following one season at Panton Hill, where he kicked 16 goals in 17 matches.

Prior to the Redbacks, he had an outstanding list of honours during his 10-year span at Lower Plenty, including a Division 2 men’s premiership in 2018, a league best and fairest in 2021, a club best and fairest and four Team of the Year selections.


MARCH 7

Kinglake has announced that Dane Swan will suit up for the club in their opening round match against the Fitzroy Stars.

The Collingwood premiership player and 2011 Brownlow Medalist will join the Lakers for their first match of the season, having last played local football for Pines (MPFNL) in the back half of the 2023 season.


MARCH 4

Ahmed Saad’s departure from West Preston-Lakeside has been confirmed following his transfer request to EDFL outfit Pascoe Vale.

Saad had an outstanding tenure at the Roosters since joining the club in 2017. He was co-captain of his side’s back-to-back Division 1 premierships in 2018 & 2019, made four Division 1 Team of the Year appearances and finished as the competition’s leading goalkicker on three occasions.

He ends his time at J.E. Moore Park having played 85 games and kicking 351 goals.


MARCH 2

Seven players have lodged transfers to Lower Plenty ahead of their return to the senior women’s competition. Headlining the inclusions is Bree Unthank who returns to the league from Coburg (VAFA).

She was the 2022 Division 1 Team of the Year ruck during her time with Greensborough, and in the same season, was named in the Boro’s best in 11 of 14 games.


MARCH 1

Travis Keating’s return to the NFNL has been finalised following his approved transfer to Mernda.


FEBRUARY 29

A massive signing for Montmorency’s senior women’s side, with Western Bulldogs premiership player Bailey Hunt set to join her junior club for the 2024 campaign.

Hunt was selected by the Bulldogs with pick No. 60 in the 2016 AFL Women’s Draft following three years with the Magpies, two of which she played in the NFNL’s Under-18 and Under-19 girls competitions.

She was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2018 AFLW premiership side and played her 50th and final AFLW match in the last game of the 2023 season.


FEBRUARY 27

Mernda’s Tianah Te’o has had her transfer request to Thomastown approved today.

She kicked 10 goals in 10 matches in 2023 and was also a member of the 2023 Division Team of the Year. She made her Coates Talent League debut for the Northern Knights last year.

Meanwhile Epping’s inaugural senior women’s side is starting to take shape, with eight players transferring to the Blues today.

Heidelberg are expected to acquire the services of Solomon McKay for the 2024 season.

McKay signed for Macleod ahead of last year’s campaign and went on to kick 11 goals in 15 matches. The highflyer also played three VFL matches for Essendon in 2023.


FEBRUARY 25

2022 Division 2 leading goalkicker Kyle Wheatley has lodged a transfer to join South Morang today.

The forward had a breakout 2022 campaign, kicking 43 goals in 17 games for Watsonia while also earning his first Team of the Year selection in the Division 2 men’s side.

He spent the 2023 campaign with Bundoora where he kicked 26 goals in 16 reserves matches.


FEBRUARY 23

Reid Brandt will depart Macleod after eight years following his transfer to Coolangatta Tweed in Queensland.

Brandt played 120 senior games for the club between 2015-2019 and 2021-2023. He kicked, 192 goals in his senior career at De Winton Park and was a member of the Roos’ 2015 Division 1 premiership.

He returns to Coolangatta having spent the 2020 campaign with the club.

Northcote Park are set to acquire Terence De Santis after he submitted a transfer request today.

He comes to Bill Lawry Oval where he played nine matches for Preston Bullants in 2022 before injury ruled him out of the 2023 campaign.


FEBRUARY 21

After eight seasons of senior football in the NFNL, Benjamin Nesci has submitted a transfer to sign with East Keilor in the EDFL.

Nesci played 34 senior games in his two seasons with South Morang between 2015 and 2016 before making 29 senior appearances for Bundoora from 2017-2018.

He has spent the last five years with Thomastown, kicking 60 majors in 55 matches.

Michael Edwards has lodged a transfer to sign with Darley in the Ballarat Football Netball League.

The Banyule Division 2 premiership player made 37 senior appearances for the club between 2021-2023, kicking 17 majors.

Heidelberg’s Jed Rule has submitted a transfer to join VAFA outfit Old Carey Grammarians.

Rule played 11 senior games for the Tigers last year, kicking 11 majors. He also made three VFL appearances for Box Hill in 2023.

The 20-year-old played for Old Carey in 2022 where he made his senior debut.

Leah Swain has had her transfer request to Seaford (MPFNL) approved today.

After making her VFLW debut for Casey in 2022, she made 12 appearances for the Demons last season.

The ruck played 13 games for Diamond Creek Women’s in their 2022 premiership run and played 24 senior games for the club in total.


FEBRUARY 20

Callum Kilpatrick will depart West Preston-Lakeside after one season following his transfer request to North Hobart.

He kicked five goals and was named in his side’s best in four of 12 matches for the Roosters in 2023. He returns to North Hobart in the Tasmanian State League where he made 52 senior appearances.

Northcote Park duo Alexander Boyse and Jordan Schroder are looking to join Daylesford in the Central Highlands Football League for the upcoming season.

Boyse kicked 55 goals in 34 games for the Cougars throughout the last two years, being named in his side’s best on 11 occasions.

Meanwhile Schroder was limited to just five matches in the same time span at Bill Lawry Oval and did not feature for the club last season.

Darebin’s Ava Stephens has had her transfer request to sign with Melbourne University approved.

Stephens played 19 matches for the Falcons between 2022-2023, including 12 matches last year.


FEBRUARY 19

West Preston-Lakeside premiership ruck Mark Kovacevic will depart the club, submitting a transfer to join the Shepparton Swans.

Kovacevic was a member of the Roosters’ 2018 premiership triumph, winning the best on ground medallion in the process after a stellar performance.

After suffering a knee injury in 2019, the ruck played his first game in 1344 days during Round 3 of the 2023 campaign. He leaves the club after 29 senior games.


FEBRUARY 18

Heidelberg West multiple Team of the Year defender Bradley Moore will depart the club, submitting a transfer to Diamond Creek.

Moore has played 156 senior games, all at the Hawks, from 2012-2016 and 2017-2023.

During his time at Heidelberg Park, he has won two club best and fairest’s, as well as made five Division 3 Team of the Year appearances.


FEBRUARY 16

Shaun McKernan is set to return to the EDFL after one season with Bundoora.

McKernan played seven matches for the Bulls in 2023, making a successful return from injury in Round 2 to feature in all four of Bundoora’s finals matches. He kicked 21 goals for the year, including six on debut against Banyule and 13 majors in his four finals games.

The former Adelaide, Essendon and St Kilda player will head back to the EDFL, this time with Strathmore.

Meanwhile Panton Hill’s inaugural senior women’s side is taking shape after seven players lodged transfers to join the club today.


FEBRUARY 15

Mernda’s Teneisha Fiore is off to Heidelberg West after lodging a transfer today.

Fiore was named in her side’s best in six of 14 matches in 2023 and made 62 senior appearances in total for the Demons from 2018-2023.

Meanwhile Bundoora announced the signing of former Northcote Park player Brayden King.

King will head to Yulong Reserve after a season with Old Ivanhoe in the VAFA where he played four senior games. He kicked four goals in 11 senior matches for Northcote Park in the 2022 campaign.


FEBRUARY 14

Kane Veliou will return to his junior club Ivanhoe after lodging a transfer from Heidelberg.

He made 39 appearances for the Tigers throughout the previous two seasons, 11 of those matches being in the senior side.

Veliou played his junior football with the Hoers, playing almost 100 games.

Eltham are set to confirm the signings of homegrown pair Jaden Collins and Liam McMahon with the duo submitting transfers from Montmorency today.

Collins spent just one season with the Magpies, playing six senior games. He has previously featured in nine senior games for the Panthers and also made eight VFL appearances for the Northern Bullants in 2022.

McMahon kicked eight goals in five games for Montmorency in his one season with the club but made 17 appearances with Carlton’s VFL team in 2023.

Watsonia premiership player Adrian Alfonsi has lodged a transfer to officially sign with Epping today.

Alfonsi made 62 senior appearances for the Saints from 2016 to 2023, kicking 108 goals. He was member of the club’s Division 3 premiership triumph in 2016.

Jordan Sacca will also head to Epping following one season with Reservoir.

He was named in his side’s best in eight of 11 senior games for the Mustangs in 2023.

West Preston-Lakeside’s Mohammed Yassine is planning to return to the EDFL, this time with Pascoe Vale.

He kicked 16 goals in 13 appearances during his one and only season with the Roosters, and also played eight games for Richmond’s VFL side in 2023.


FEBRUARY 13

Thomas Hird, son of Essendon great James Hird, has submitted a transfer to sign for Hurstbridge after the club announced his arrival today.

After being on Essendon’s AFL list as a category B rookie for three seasons, Hird has spent the last four years playing predominately VFL football, both with the Bombers from 2020-2022 and Port Melbourne last year.

He played 18 games for the Borough last year, averaging 18 disposals and kicking seven goals. Hird will transfer to the Bridges from EDFL side Avondale Heights.

Eltham senior women’s star Alannah Murray will depart the club after officially submitting a transfer to join Old Yarra Cobras (VAFA). She already made 13 appearances for the Cobras last year along with her 16 games for Eltham in 2023.

Murray played 57 senior matches for the Panthers from 2018 to 2023, kicking 39 majors and being named in her side’s best 28 times.

She had a stellar 2022 campaign, winning the Panthers’ best and fairest and earning a spot in the Division 2 Team of the Year. She also finished second in the league’s best and fairest count and the league MVP Award following her side’s 2022 Division 2 premiership triumph.

David Mennen has re-submitted a transfer to sign with Hurstbridge after his first request was denied on February 3rd.


FEBRUARY 12

Jaedyn Kearney will head back to Epping following a season at Old Eltham Collegians.

Kearney played 13 senior matches during the 2023 campaign with the Turtles and kicked two goals in the side’s preliminary final loss.

He was vice-captain during his last two seasons at the Blues and will look to continue his tenure at a club he has made 96 senior appearances at.

Nine other players have also lodged transfers to Epping Recreation Reserve including returning players Sebastian Latina, James Tadd, Adrian Cirianni and Corey Middleton.

Latina made his senior debut with Mernda in 2016, before making 34 senior appearances with Macleod between 2018 and 2023.

He spent his junior career with Epping, playing 120 matches at the club.

Tadd makes his way back to the Blues after one year and 17 games with Northcote Park where he was named in his side’s best 10 times.

He switched to Epping in 2021 following five years and two premierships with West Preston-Lakeside. He played 28 of a possible 30 games for the Blues in the last two seasons, being named in his side’s best on 16 occasions.

Cirianni will also come across after just one season at the Cougars, where he played 11 matches. He played 22 senior games for Epping between 2021 and 2022.

Middleton made 77 senior appearances for the Blues between 2014 and 2021 and won a Division 2 reserves premiership with Eltham last year, also playing eight senior matches during his one year at Panther Place.

Ostinn Bellingham will be one of the new faces at Epping Recreation Reserve, after a strong season with Albanvale (EDFL), kicking 17 goals and being named in his side’s best in 11 of 19 matches.

Bellingham was a Keon Park and Greensborough junior as well as an NFNL representative.

Louis Hill is planning to return to North Heidelberg after requesting a transfer to depart Heidelberg West today.

Hill kicked 20 goals in 29 appearances for the Hawks during the last two seasons, being named in his side’s best on 16 occasions.

He’ll return to the Bulldogs where he made 124 senior appearances from 2008-2018 and was a member of the club’s 2017 Division 2 premiership triumph.

Murray Football League club Deniliquin are set to pick up handy Bundoora trio Sam Lloyd, Hamish Shepheard and Jake Hobbs after they each lodged transfers today.

Lloyd will return to his junior club after a strong three years with the Bulls which saw him kick 93 goals in 49 games at the club. He also earnt three consecutive Team of the Year appearances and has won the last two club best and fairests.

Shepheard was named in his side’s best in 24 of 45 games during his three-year span at Bundoora. In 2021 he was a Team of the Year member and last year, finished third in the Frank Rosbrook Medal count.

Hobbs kicked 20 goals in 27 games for the Bulls between 2022 and 2023 and was a member of the club’s 2023 Division 1 grand final team.

Heidelberg duo Kai Kearns and Jesse Kane are both looking to join the Tooleybuc Manangatang Football Club in the Central Murray Football Netball League.

Kearns is a two-time premiership player for the Tigers, playing 51 games and kicking 44 goals for the yellow and black from 2019.

Kane made 30 senior appearances for the club from 2018-2023 and was a member of the Tigers 2023 Division 1 reserves premiership.


FEBRUARY 11

The Fitzroy Stars will see an influx of recruits head to the club today with Neville Jetta and Alex Williamson headlining the transfers lodged to go to Sir Doug Nicholls Oval.

Jetta joins from Bundoora where he spent two years and played six matches, including the 2022 Division 1 grand final.

He made 159 AFL appearances for Melbourne between 2009 and 2021 and has played 34 VFL games for Collingwood throughout the last two seasons.

Meanwhile it will be a return to the Stars for Williamson, after playing his last three years at Heidelberg West.

Williamson had his best year of senior football in 2023, after kicking 34 goals in 16 games for the Hawks. this will be his second stint with the Fitzroy Stars after playing 46 senior matches there between 2016 and 2019.

Ryan Lovegrove-Hudson (Mernda), Patrick Farrant (Bridgetown) and Desmond Tipuamantumirri (Rumbalara) are also making the switch to Sir Doug Nicholls Oval.

Whilst they’ll lose Jetta, former Carlton AFL player Sam Philp has submitted a transfer to sign with Bundoora in 2024.

The No. 20 pick in the 2019 AFL draft spent four years at the Blues, playing two games in his debut season at the club before injuries prevented him from advancing in his AFL career.

James Kayrooz will head to Maribyrnong Park in the EDFL after three seasons with Banyule.

Kayrooz played 25 senior games for the Bears and had a stellar 2022 campaign which saw him kick 50 goals in 17 matches on his way to a Division 2 premiership and Division 2 Team of the Year appearance.


FEBRUARY 10

Jedd Longmire will return to Corowa-Rutherglen after one season with Bundoora.

He played 13 matches for the Bulls in 2023, including the club’s Division 1 grand final appearance, and kicked six goals.

The 19-year-old kicked eight majors in nine VFL games for Collingwood last year.

Wallan premiership player Larissa Sahyoune is off to Coburg Districts (EDFL) after lodging a transfer request today.

Sahyoune played 46 matches for the Magpies from 2019-2023 and kicked six goals during last year’s premiership run.


FEBRUARY 9

Arguably Reservoir’s biggest recruit for sometime, Ayce Taylor has submitted a transfer to join the club from Crib Point in the Mornington Peninsula Football Netball League.

Taylor was on Adelaide’s AFL list during the 2020 campaign; he also played 13 games for the Northern Knights in 2019 and one VFL game with the Northern Bullants in 2021.

A huge potential move in the senior women’s competition today as Greensborough star Emmison Zealley has requested a transfer to sign with Division 2 premier St Mary’s for the 2024 season.

Zealley put together an outstanding season for the Boro last year, being named in her side’s best in 10 of her 13 appearances for the club, on her way to winning the NFNL Division 2 Coaches MVP Award as well as the Greensborough senior women’s best and fairest.

The 20-year-old played a total of 31 senior games at Greensborough and was also an NFNL representative as a junior.

Staying with the senior women’s competition, Banyule’s Drew Barnes is set to depart the club after submitting a transfer to join Aspley in Queensland.

After playing the 2019 season with Diamond Creek Women’s, Barnes spent the last three years with the Bears, making three consecutive Team of the Year appearances and being named in her side’s best in 25 of 43 senior games.

Travis Keating has lodged a request to sign with Mernda this season, coming across from EDFL side Craigieburn.

This will be Keating’s third senior NFNL club after stints at both Bundoora and Epping. He played 35 senior games for the Blues between 2008 and 2013, including the 2012 Division 2 premiership, before making 56 senior appearances with the Bulls from 2014 to 2022.

Meanwhile Macleod quartet James Condello, Jacob Smith, Liam Wanders and Jayden Wilding will again aim to make the move to Heidelberg West after their original transfer requests were denied.


FEBRUARY 8

Division 2 women’s premiers St Mary’s have been busy lodging paperwork for eight players from its junior club in the YJFL to be members of the senior women’s squad in 2024.


FEBRUARY 7

Jhye Baddeley-Kelly has had his transfer request from North Heidelberg to Boort (North Central Football League) approved today.

Baddeley-Kelly was outstanding for the Bulldogs last year, kicking 30 majors in just 11 games to help his side reach a Division 1 preliminary final. He also made seven VFL appearances for Coburg in 2023.

He’s played 133 senior NFNL games in total, spread across North Heidelberg, Lalor and Epping and has also been an NFNL representative.

Bundoora can expect an influx of recruits to join their club after eight players submitted transfers to head to Yulong Reserve.

Michael Fitz-Gerald will be one of those eight to make the move to the Bulls following 12 years of senior football at Montmorency. The defender played 147 senior games with the black and white, kicking 11 goals.

Banyule will also gain some handy players in Sebastian Francis-Perkins and Sam McLarty following their transfer requests today.

After spending his junior career with Montmorency, Francis-Perkins has spent the last two seasons with Old Eltham Collegians, highlighted by an impressive 2023 campaign which saw him named in his side’s best in nine of 17 games on his way to a Division 3 Team of the Year appearance.

McLarty will join his second NFNL club after signing with Heidelberg last year, although he didn’t play a game due to injury. The former Collingwood listed player has a magnitude of VFL experience from his time at the Magpies, as well as Coburg, Essendon and Williamstown.

Three-time Division 3 Team of the Year member Tiahn Cowan will depart Laurimar after lodging a transfer to sign with Drysdale (AFL Barwon).

Cowan played 12 NFNL games with Diamond Creek Women’s in 2017 before joining Laurimar’s senior women’s side, where she went on to kick 29 goals in 47 games, earning Team of the Year honours in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Montmorency’s Darcy Porter is off to South Australia after submitting a transfer to join SANFL side Glenelg in 2024.

Porter played 27 senior games for the Magpies throughout the last two seasons, being named in his side’s best in five matches. The 20-year-old also made three appearances for Carlton’s VFL side in 2023.


FEBRUARY 6

Whittlesea will look to have two of their recruits confirmed today after Lucas Hobbs and Matthew Coen submitted transfer requests to join the club.

It will be a welcome return for Hobbs, who comes to the Eagles for a second stint. He made 99 appearances and kicked 208 goals during his original tenure and went on to star in their 2010 and 2013 Division 2 flags, also winning the club best and fairest award in both years.

His past nine years have been with Macleod in Division 1, where he achieved further success in 2015 with another premiership, while also claiming the Frank Rosbrook Medal in 2018.

It’s also a homecoming for Coen, with the 2019 premiership Eagle coming across from Kinglake, where he played 28 senior games over the last two years.

He made 59 senior appearances for Whittlesea between 2016 and 2021.

Panton Hill are set to gain multiple players today with six players submitting transfers to head to A.E. Cracknell Reserve, including Ethan Gorski and Gulian Fable.

Gorski returns to the Redbacks after playing 17 senior matches with Epping in 2023. He’s also a Division 3 Team of the Year representative with Laurimar back in 2021.

Fable comes to the club after two strong seasons with Heidelberg, which includes a Division 1 reserves premiership last year.


FEBRUARY 5

Up to five players have lodged transfer requests to join new NFNL club Old Paradians, headlined by Heidelberg three-time premiership star Sam Gilmore.

Gilmore arrives at Garvey Oval following a stellar career with the Tigers which includes two premierships as captain, a Division 1 MVP and three Division 1 Team of the Year appearances.

Jack Witchell (Banyule), Jack Nicolo (West Preston-Lakeside) and Kyle O’Sullivan (Eltham) are also expected to head to the Raiders.

Daniel Owen has officially lodged his transfer to join Banyule after the club announced his signing on February 2nd.

He will be joined by ruckman Tim Martin, who is back at Beverley Road Oval after one year at Woodend-Hesket (RDFNL).

Martin was named in his side’s best in 11 of 16 games in 2023, and heads to Banyule for a second stint. He played 40 games for the Bears from 2019-2022 and was best afield in the club’s 2022 Division 2 grand final victory.

Port Melbourne VFL’s Nash Holmes has submitted a transfer request to align with Montmorency for the 2024 season.

He played 14 VFL games for the Borough last year and will come across to Montmorency Park from Deer Park (EDFL) where he was best on ground in their 2023 Division 1 premiership triumph.

Also lodging a transfer to head to the Magpies is Jacob Naismith who made five senior appearances with Bundoora in 2023.

Diamond Creek Women’s look set to acquire the services of Laura Duryea after she today requested a transfer to join the club from MPFNL outfit Mornington.

Duryea played with the Creekers in the VFLW, playing a role in the side’s 2012 premiership, before being recruited to play with Melbourne in the AFLW, where she made 11 appearances for the Demons.

Billy Reardon is set to return to Lower Plenty after lodging a transfer from Outer East side Woori Yallock.

Reardon has played 26 senior games for the Bears from 2019, including 15 matches in 2022. The 22-year-old is also a Research junior.


FEBRUARY 3

Diamond Creek have today lodged multiple transfers as it looks towards 2024 in the hopes of going one better than their Division 2 grand final appearance last year.

As much as 10 players have requested transfers to join the Creekers today.

Connor Lidgerwood and Kyle Kankaanpaa are some of the names to make the move to last year’s Division 2 grand finalists.

Lidgerwood played 14 senior games for Panton Hill last year but did make 89 appearances at junior level with the Creekers.

Meanwhile Kankaanpaa comes to the club from Division 1 side Montmorency. After making his senior debut with the Magpies in 2022, he became a regular in the senior team, playing 17 matches last year, including both finals games.

Ben Major (Broadbeach) and Brodie Driscoll (Whittlesea) have also submitted requests to join the Creekers.

Another name to head to Coventry Oval is Mitchell Dale who after a year off football in 2023, will make the transfer from Hurstbridge.

Dale has played his entire senior and junior career with the Bridges, making 53 senior appearances with the club between 2016-2022.

Speaking of Hurstbridge, they have been the other side to get busy today, with 12 players looking to call Ben Frilay Oval home in 2024.

The inclusions are highlighted by an impressive quartet of recruits in Sean McLaren, David Mennen, Cooper Perrin and Cameron Wild.

McLaren was rookie listed by Sydney in 2015, while having also spent time in the NEAFL and VFL. He didn’t play local football in 2023 but will transfer into the club from Essendon Douta Stars (EDFL).

He stands at almost 200cm and can play up forward and in the ruck.

This will be Mennen’s third NFNL club after he spent the 2022 season with Whittlesea, and then Diamond Creek. He was named in his side’s best in five of his nine matches for the Creekers.

Perrin meanwhile returns to the club he joined in 2017, having spent last year with the Great Western Football Club in the Mininera and District Football League.

Between 2017 and 2022, he kicked 90 goals in 62 games for the Bridges, including 21 goals in 14 games in his last season at the club.

Cameron Wild will join brothers Jake and Mitchell at Hurstbridge in 2024, after submitting a transfer from East Keilor (EDFL).

Wild played nine VFL games for the Northern Bullants last year, registering 19 or more disposals in all but one appearance.


FEBRUARY 2

Banyule have added another strong recruit for the 2024 campaign, signing Eltham forward Daniel Owen.

While he made his senior debut in 2021, Owen’s last two seasons of senior football have been excellent, kicking 101 goals in 39 matches while being a member of the Panthers Division 2 premiership last year.

The 22-year-old heads to Beverley Road Oval off the back of two consecutive Division 2 Team of the Year appearances.

Thomastown continue to build their senior women’s program ahead of their inaugural season, with 2023 Division 2 Team of the Year member Brooke Gibson submitting a transfer to join the club today.

Gibson had a terrific first year of senior football with Mernda, kicking 14 goals in 13 games and being named in her side’s best in six matches.

After nine years and a Division 3 premiership, Kyle Kemp is set to depart Watsonia, signing with the Ararat Eagles from the Mininera and District Football League.

Kemp was a member of the Saints’ 2016 Division 3 premiership team and played 88 senior games for the club from 2015-2023.

Mitchell Clamp will return to Lower Plenty after one year away following his transfer request from Karingal.

Clamp made 115 appearances for the Bears, 47 of them in the senior men’s side.

Greensborough are set to welcome back 2022 club leading goalkicker Zak McCubbin after he submitted a transfer to return to the Boro today.

The forward played with SFNL outfit Port Melbourne Colts last year, kicking 15 goals in 10 games.

He kicked 87 majors in 62 senior games for Greensborough from 2018-2022.

Along with McCubbbin, Greensborough will acquire North Melbourne VFL-listed player Tom O’Sullivan who comes across from Seymour (Goulburn Valley Football League). He played four VFL matches in 2023.

It’s also a homecoming for Luke Chapman who will play a third stint at Kilmore in 2024.

He spent the 2023 campaign with Longwood (Kyabram District Football Netball League), kicking eight goals in 14 games. A previous Blues junior, Chapman will look to add to his 59 senior games for the club from 2017 and 2019-2022.

West Preston-Lakeside look to be without Malik Elfakahani in 2024 after he submitted a transfer to sign with East Keilor in the EDFL.

He had a career best campaign for the Roosters last year, playing 16 senior games, kicking 18 majors.

Last night, Reservoir announced the big signing of James El Moussalli for the 2024 campaign.

El Moussalli has had previous VFL experience at the Northern Blues, Coburg and Essendon and returns to the NFNL after playing his junior career with Yarrambat and Greensborough (where he was an NFNL representative) as well as playing senior football with Eltham in 2016.


FEBRUARY 1

The Transfer Period opens today, with a stack of transfer requests already taking place across the day.

After four years at Heidelberg, Matthew Smith has lodged a transfer to join University Blues in the VAFA.

Smith had a storied stint with the Tigers from 2021 to 2023, playing 43 games and being named in his side’s best on 25 occasions.

He is a two-time premiership player with the club, winning the best on ground medallion in both triumphs, a three-time Division 1 Team of the Year member as well as a two-time Coaches MVP Award recipient.

Old Eltham Collegians have started to get busy on the opening day, putting in transfers for a bunch of recruits.

None are bigger than Brent Macaffer, who returns to the league after spending the last two seasons in Tooradin-Dalmore.

Read more on Macaffer’s arrival by clicking here.

His ex-Panthers teammate and former club captain Bradyn Taglieri will join Macaffer at Old Eltham Collegians after a brilliant career in the red and black which included over 130 senior games.

The club will also welcome the return of (NFNL) inaugural club best and fairest winner and Team of the Year member Kieran Malone after spending 2023 at Warrandyte.

Other signings for the Turtles include Beaudie Maroney from West Preston-Lakeside.

He played all 18 games for the Roosters in 2023, being named in his side’s best in five matches.

Meanwhile, 208cm Ben Taylor comes to Eltham College from Powerhouse (VAFA) as well as Broadford’s Bryce Fleming.

Kain Proctor has submitted a transfer to return to the Fitzroy Stars in season 2024.

He missed just two of a possible 56 games for the Bulls between 2021 and 2023, representing the club in both Division 1 grand final appearances in the previous two seasons.

It will be a fourth stint at Sir Douglas Nicholls Oval for Proctor after having played 71 matches for the club throughout 2013-2014, 2016-2017, 2019.

Mernda have submitted a bunch of transfer requests on the opening day of the transfer period, headlined by the inclusions of Brent Marshall and Joshua Mazzarella.

Marshall arrives at Waterview Recreation Reserve following a terrific career at Bundoora which included two Division 1 premierships (one as captain) and almost 250 senior games.

He’ll also assume midfield coach responsibilities alongside senior coach Robert Fletcher.

Meanwhile Mazzarella will return to the Demons for a second stint after playing 16 games with Thomastown in 2023.

The swingman played 22 matches for Mernda across 2021-2022, earning a Division 3 Team of the Year appearance in 2021.

Thomastown have been another club to make plethora of transfers today.

Watsonia trio Charlie Khoury, Julian Janev and James Lucente are all planning to make the move to Main Street Recreation Reserve.

Lucente won the Division 2 leading goalkicker award after scoring 61 majors in 19 games for the Saints in 2023 while Janev was named in his side’s best in six of 14 matches last year.

Khoury played 39 games for Watsonia between 2021 and 2023, kicking 25 goals last season.

Youseph Dib too has requested a transfer to Thomastown, coming across from East Malvern (SFNL).

Dib has had VFL experience with both Collingwood and North Melbourne over the last few years.

The Bears are also making moves in preparation of their inaugural senior women’s side this year.

They’ve lodged transfers for seven players today, six of them coming from Mernda’s senior women’s side, headlined by 2022 Division 3 Team of the Year defender Ruby Sommerville.

Ned McKeown is set to depart Macleod for a second time, submitting a request to sign with Swan Hill in the Central Murray Football League.

The defender played all 18 games for the Roos last year and 104 senior games in total. He made four consecutive Team of the Year appearances between 2015 and 2018, and also spent time with Bundoora.

Jack Lipscombe is also attempting to depart Macleod after 11 games with the club 2023. He made five VFL appearances with Williamstown in the same season. His transfer request to Old Scotch (VAFA) has been denied.

Reigning NFNL Division 3 best & fairest Lachlan Evans has submitted a transfer to sign with EDFL club Burnside Heights in 2024.

Evans had an excellent 2023 season, being named in his side’s best in eight of 16 games to win the best and fairest by four votes.

He played a total of 26 matches across his two seasons with the Hawks.

Two-time West Preston-Lakeside premiership player Alex Federico is making his way to Wangaratta after six years at J.E. Moore Park.

He kicked 39 goals in 79 games for the Roosters between 2018-2023 and was named on the wing in the 2019 Division 1 Team of the Year.

Roosters teammate Aiden Tilley will also join Wangaratta after 66 games with the club.

South Morang will have some handy inclusions as they look to back up their impressive Division 2 campaign from 2023.

Transfers have been submitted Watsonia brothers Bailey, Kobe and Teague Van Zwienen as well as Thomastown midfielder Tyrone Leonardis and Bundoora forward Kyle Wheatley.

Kobe played all 19 games for the Saints last year, being named in his side’s best on eight occasions, while Teague made six appearances in the 2023 season. Bailey has managed two senior games for the Saints over the last two years.

Leonardis joins South Morang following an outstanding campaign at Thomastown, where he made the Division 2 Team of the Year and was named the Division 2 Coaches MVP.

Kyle Wheatley makes the return to Division 2 after spending 2023 with Bundoora. While he was unable to get into the senior side, he is capable of being a dangerous forward, kicking 43 goals in 17 games for Watsonia in 2021.

After 74 senior games with North Heidelberg, Billy Hogan has put in a request to Mansfield in the Goulburn Valley Football League.

Hogan kicked 117 goals during his tenure at the Bulldogs and also earnt a place in the 2019 Division 1 Team of the Year.

He was named in his side’s best in eight of 16 games in 2023, and also made four appearances with West Preston-Lakeside before his move to Shelley Street in 2017.

However North Heidelberg have put in transfer requests for multiple players today to strengthen their squad.

Tom Wallis, son of Essendon premiership player Dean, will join the Bulldogs from Essendon Douta Stars in the EDFL.

He has previously spent time on the Bombers AFL list as well as at state level in Perth.

Jason Heatley will also be boosted by the return of Jack Mapleson after spending last season with EDFL outfit Aberfeldie.

He’s played 29 senior games with the Bulldogs, 16 of those coming in a career best season in 2022 where he was named in his side’s best on seven occasions.

After a best on ground performance in the 2023 Division 1 reserves grand final, Mackenzie Hogg has submitted a request to sign with Macleod for the upcoming season.

Hogg kicked 11 goals in eight senior games for the Tigers last year and 13 senior matches in 2022.

James Condello has submitted a transfer request to join Heidelberg West for the 2024 season.

He’s looking to depart the club following 76 games across two separate stints for Macleod. He also spent the first half of the 2022 campaign with Bundoora.

As of February 1st, the transfer has been denied.

Roos teammate Liam Wanders will also make his way to the Hawks as well as Banyule 2017 premiership player Michael Italia although both transfers have been denied at this point in time.

Lalor have submitted a number of transfers in the hopes of boasting their squad this season.

The Bloods lodged as much as 13 transfers today, highlighted by former club captain and club best and fairest winner Sam Rexhepi. He kicked 39 goals for Lalor in 2019 and 25 majors in 2021 and is also the club’s last Team of the Year representative back in 2021.

Benjamin Barton has requested a transfer to go back to his junior club Kilmore in 2024.

He comes to the club after a brilliant last two years at Colbinabbin (Heathcote District Football Netball League) which included a club best and fairest and two Team of the Year appearances.

Another looking to return to Kilmore is Kye Maher after three years with North Heidelberg.

Maher made 10 senior appearances for the Bulldogs in 2023, and 26 games in total. He played one senior match for the Blues in 2019.

Others to head to J.J. Clancy Reserve include Laurimar’s Bradley Deed after 45 senior games and a grand final appearance with the Power and Mernda’s Joshua Coe following 37 senior matches with the Demons and a fourth placed finish in the Division 3 reserves best and fairest last year.

Banyule’s Nicholas Mayne is set to make his way to the Elmore Football Club (Heathcote District Football Netball League)

Mayne played 49 senior matches with the Bears, making his debut in 2017, and was also a member of the club’s 2022 Division 2 premiership.

Whittlesea has lodged transfers for multiple players to join its senior women’s team in 2024.

Ashley Fitzpatrick is looking to come to the Eagles after playing six Division 1 matches with Diamond Creek Women’s last year. She also played 19 games with the Northern Knights between 2021 and 2022.

Harper McPherson-Goulding is also planning to call the Whittlesea Showgrounds home following 14 senior games for Laurimar throughout the last two seasons.

Hurstbridge premiership defender Katrina Bruch will make the switch to a different blue and gold after 25 games with the Bridges. She has also played senior women’s football with Eltham.

Other transfers that were officially lodged today include:

– Banyule premiership player Xavier Mitchell to the Cohuna Kangas Football Club
– Greensborough tall Rayden Garrard to the Watsonia Sporting Club
– Heidelberg premiership player Isaac Wallace to the Warragul Football Netball Club

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