EAST Wagga-Kooringal's Farrer League premiership stocks continue to soar with the signing of classy Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes midfielder James Creasy.
The Hawks enjoyed a massive rise up the Farrer League ladder last season and are set to maintain their position as one of the competition heavyweights with their last addition.
Creasy has proven a match-winner for MCUE over the past two seasons, emerging as one of the elite young players in the competition.
His ability to win the contested ball, along with the danger he presents when pushing forward is now set to add another dimension to the Hawks.
EWK coach Gavin McMahon said the addition of Creasy will compliment the Hawks' current squad perfectly.
"We needed another midfielder," McMahon said.
"We're pretty happy with the list we had at the end of last year, we thought we needed another ruckman and a midfielder and we've done that.
"We've got a couple of extras there as well which will make sure there is competition for spots."
Creasy did not want to comment on his move, other than to say he is looking for a change.
His departure is a big loss for the Goannas, who have lost Hunter Lloyd, Harry Himmelberg, Nic Casey and Nathon Irvin since their grand final loss last September.
EWK has enjoyed a fruitful off-season, welcoming home ruckman Nick Hull and adding the likes of Creasy, Mark Adams, Craig Depiazza and James Scott.
The Hawks had picked up James Hodges from Wagga Tigers but is set to move to Perth.
McMahon believes Creasy will add an extra element to the Hawks' midfield.
"James brings something slightly different with his skill set compared the other midfielders we've got," he said.
"We've got good inside and outside midfielders but James is a nice blend of both."
The signing of Creasy continues a busy off-season in the Farrer League where the premiership race is expected to be the most hotly contested of the past 15 years.
Meantime, a rival Farrer League club is also expected to announce a couple of quality recruits this week.