Temora have offset two key departures with ex-North Wagga backman Angus McRae heading home to the Kangaroos next season, and Charlie Boyton – a league medallist in Canberra’s second grade competition last season – joining the club.
The Farrer League grand finalists have picked up small forward Boyton from Ainslie on the recommendation of their midfielder Stephen Camp.
McRae played in Temora’s 2014 premiership before three seasons with the Saints.
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“He’s come back, that’s massive, because we’ve lost two backmen,” Temora coach Jake Wooden said.
“Sam Jackson has gone back to Geelong and Daniel Hespe, one of our Canberra boys, has gone overseas for a couple of years.”
Hespe was named most improved at Temora this year, having an enormous second half of the season while Jackson was also very valuable down back.
Wooden is excited about the arrival of Boyton saying he’ll fill a crucial role of livewire forward, capable of crumbing the packs as well as bringing plenty of pressure.
Wooden said they’ll have a big focus on development given their under 17s won the premiership this year.
“We’ve made the call not to go out and go crazy on recruiting and everything,” Wooden said.
“There’s eight under 17s coming up and three of them played two or three games in the ones this year so they’ve had a taste of it.
“If we can give them some more game time and get them developing, we’re hoping to build off what we did this year. Hopefully we can go one better.”