Leeton-Whitton have kicked off their recruitment campaign with the signing of a club captain from Tasmania.
The Crows have welcomed Ryan Grey on board as the club’s first signing under new coach Daniel Muir.
Grey captained North West Football League club Circular Head Giants for the past two seasons and won the club’s best and fairest for the first time this year.
Muir is happy to welcome Grey on board.
“He was captain of his club and won the best and fairest so he’s going to be a good addition,” Muir said.
“He’s very professional in the way he goes about it and with such a young playing group, to bring in a guy that has captained his club and that will bring in some leadership is really good.
“He’s a bigger body and a mature head. We threw our young guys to the wolves a little bit this year so having another bigger body will help.”
While hailing from Tasmania, it was not through Leeton-Whitton’s current ties in the state that put Grey in touch with the Crows.
His parents have lived in Leeton the past couple of years and the club got in touch with Grey through them.
He watched the Crows’ elimination final win over Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes in September and has since put pen to paper with the club.
“He’s keen to get out and explore Australia so we were able to sell him on a move up here to play footy,” Muir said.
Grey played predominantly across half-back at Circular Head but also spent time through the midfield and up forward.
Nicknamed ‘Bull’, he is renowned for having no fear and his hard at the ball approach.
Grey made his first grade debut as a 16-year-old in 2013 and has only missed one game since.
Muir has no set position for Grey.
“He’s a utility. Having a good footy brain, we’ll use him where we need,” he said.
The Crows have lost former captain and talented forward Brad Boots to Hume League club Osborne.
Boots works in Albury and lives in Wagga so has decided to settle on less travel and a more convenient playing option for next year.
The Crows are in talks with a number of other prospective recruits, while they are also aware of the likelihood of losing several young players to university.
Leeton-Whitton began pre-season training this week and had good numbers to their first session.
“We had 37 to our first session and had probably eight to 10 walk in senior players that weren’t there so that’s good numbers,” Muir said.