Daniel Hitchens joins Turvey Park in return to the Riverina League

NEW SIGNING: Daniel Hitchens, in action at Wagga Tigers pre-season training in 2015, has joined Turvey Park for 2018. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

NEW SIGNING: Daniel Hitchens, in action at Wagga Tigers pre-season training in 2015, has joined Turvey Park for 2018. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Four-time Riverina League premiership player Daniel Hitchens has joined Turvey Park.

Hitchens will return to the Riverina League after three seasons down south.

Hitchens spent last season at Hume League club Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock and had two years at Lavington in the Ovens and Murray League before that.

He is a four-time premiership player at Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong but will play under his good mate Truman Carroll at Turvey Park.

“It’s good to bring someone in from outside the club,” Carroll said.

“Hitcho was part of the golden era at Ganmain, winning those flags, and with his experience at Lavington he will bring that class, speed and another goalkicker up forward.”

Hitchens managed six senior games at Lavington, but also 84 goals from 31 games at reserve grade level.

Hitchens also kicked 72 goals in his last three seasons at GGGM.

He was used in a number of different roles at Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock this season and struggled to make an impact.

Carroll is keen to use Hitchen’s speed on a half-forward flank.

“That’s his gun position, using that speed and sneaking around the packs,” he said.

Hitchens is Turvey Park’s third recruit of the off-season, with Chris Cerato and Bobby Tye also returning to the Bulldogs.

They have lost Andrew Emery, Mitch Sykes and Jack Brooks to neighbouring leagues.

Meantime, Steven Stapleton is the new Turvey Park president for 2018. He has replaced Neale Francis in the position.

Michael Ness is the club’s new vice-president, while Megan Weidemann has been appointed secretary and treasurer is Jo Hughes.