An early Christmas present has landed at Tatura’s kennel with the signing of star Goulburn Valley interleague ruckman Brandyn Grenfell.
Grenfell, who played interleague this year for the first time, signed for Tatura on Friday after spending seven years at rivals Seymour.
The imposing figure is expected to add some much-needed height to a diminutive Bulldogs outfit and playing coach Jamason Daniels was excited to be working alongside Grenfell.
‘‘We are absolutely stoked to have him on board, it is a big get for us and I believe that he is the competition’s best ruckman,’’ Daniels said.
He believed the pair had a relatively good relationship, despite having not played together before, and popped the question at the end of this season, asking whether Grenfell would like a change of scenery.
‘‘We have built a pretty good relationship over the past couple of years and I just touched base with him at the end of the season to see what he was doing next year,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘He said he wanted a fresh start, we could offer him that and he wanted to be at a club with a good culture and a promising list, so I think it is a great combination.’’
The Bulldogs finished ninth last season and only registered the five wins, but with the additions of Grenfell, Billy Cooper and Aubrey Coote, Daniels felt his side could take the next step.
‘‘We are a young list, but a strong list, and with the addition of a few key players I feel that we can at least play finals,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘We had a lot of injuries last year, but I feel we built the right foundations going forward.’’
Coote is another imposing figure to join the kennel, with the former Assumption College and Calder Cannons ruckman expected to pinch-hit alongside Grenfell.
‘‘Getting two bigger bodies of that size into the club will really benefit us,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘Coote is a really good tap ruckman, he is an aggressive player who can also go forward and kick goals too.’’
Grenfell kicked 32 goals in 21 games this season for the Lions and was a key cog in getting his side to a preliminary final.