LOCKHART have landed the signing of East Wagga-Kooringal premiership midfielder James Creasy for next year.
New Demons coach Jake Phillips has started the rebuild of Lockhart’s list with the addition of Creasy for season 2017.
Creasy, 22, spent the past two seasons at Gumly Oval after crossing over from Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes.
Phillips was a teammate of Creasy at MCUE and could not be happier to welcome him on board at Lockhart.
“I played with him at Mango and tried to get him to Lockhart last year but he stayed for good reason at East Wagga,” Phillips said.
“He’ll definitely play in the midfield and change up forward.
“Obviously losing the blokes we have, he’ll help fill the void.
“He’s definitely a big gain.”
Creasy battled injury through his time at EWK but still managed 25 games and a premiership.
He also played in the Hawks’ reserve grade flag last year, returning from a hamstring injury.
Creasy will have a delayed start to the 2017 season after being suspended for five games for striking Coleambally coach Josh Hamilton in the Farrer League grand final.
Phillips is not concerned and believes Creasy will be a leader at Lockhart.
“I think he’ll be in the leadership group and I’m going to use him to bounce ideas off,” Phillips said.
“He’s a leader on the field, just the way he plays his football.”
Meantime, Henty have secured the services of Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes’ utility Dusty Rogers for next year.
Rogers informed the Goannas of his departure this week.
Rogers was chased by a number of clubs across the region but is believed to have accepted an assistant coaching role at Henty.
Rogers spent the last three years at MCUE and was a Riverina League representative player.
It has been a big week of Hume League news with Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock naming Kade Stevens as their new coach, while also unveiling the signing of Justin Koschitzke.