Halfback Kane Hammond has followed his Tumbarumba captain-coach Robbie Byatt to Albury.
Hammond, who has been one of the Greens’ most consistent players, shapes as a handy inclusion in coach Adrian Purtell’s rebuild.
Former Thunder coach was thrilled to have both players on board.
“Robbie and Kane have probably been Tumbarumba’s best two players for a while now and it’s good to have them on board,” Cale said.
“Kane’s related to Steve Meredith so it worked out well.”
Hammond is set to play halfback or hooker in a side which will be vastly different to the one which narrowly missed finals last season.
He’s looking forward to the opportunity at Albury and playing under Purtell.
“I’m excited to play under Adrian and is it definitely going to be really good down there this year,” Hammond said.
The Hammond is a name synonymous with rugby league in Tumbarumba and with his mother being a Goldspink his family ties are even deeper.
The 25-year-old admitted it would a strange feeling not playing for the Greens this season.
“It is definitely going to be a weird feeling not playing at Tumba,” he said.
“I’ve played here for seven years and have only ever played senior footy.”
Shannon Rupapere started at half-back before being injured last season while Daniel Johnson slotted into the role late.
Byatt and Hammond have switched to Albury after Tumbarumba announced earlier this week that it would be going into recess for 12 months.
They were considered two of the most sought after players at the Greens, but the Thunder have been quick to swoop on their services.