The Rock-Yerong Creek have added another piece to their travelling Canberra contingent as they look to build further on their resurgence in this year's Farrer League.
Midfielder or key back Riley Budd will return, and his younger brother Noah will play alongside him at the Magpies after playing some first grade with Eastlake this year.
They will be joined by centre half forward Dean Biermann and midfielder Joe Hancock for their second season at the club.
TRYC finished third, on percentage ahead of North Wagga, but were denied a chance to play finals for the first time since 2017 when the season was cancelled.
Co-coach Heath Russell was pleased to lock in their travelling contingent as they look to bridge the gap further on the big guns of the competition.
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"We made up a fair bit of ground on those top teams from where we came from as a side, but we still need to get to another level to match likes of Marrar and East Wagga Kooringal," he said.
"Noah's about 19, he's a big guy like Riley but he's got his own attributes we hope to utilise.
"He's a similar size, a tall and athletic type who can be fairly versatile if we need it.
"He's mentioned he's played back and spent time in the midfield, and has a pretty good aerobic capacity. We'll find a spot for him once we get the rest of he side together."
Russell was rapt with the roles Biermann and Hancock played in this year's campaign, and expects them to improve again now they're familiar with teammates and the competition.
"Dean played centre half forward for us last year and we were really stoked with the output he gave us," Russell said.
"He's hard working and gave us a target all the time, it was a no brainer to get him back.
"Joe played mostly midfield but also a bit up forward, and obviously it's a different league and style to what they're used to in Canberra.
"We feel like their second year in the comp they'll only get better now they have an understanding of what it's like.
Riley came down as a key back but we turned him into a midfielder and he really enjoyed it.
"We feel like his best footy for us will come this year. His running capacity for a big guy is elite."
Russell said there is plenty of upside in Noah's game as he becomes more used to the rigours of senior football.
"He played a few games of first grade this year and finding his way, but the opportunity for them (brothers) to play together down here was appealing," Russell said.
Russell is confident there will be less red tape to deal with with the travelling players. Canberra players would have been unavailable for finals due to the ACT lockdown at the time.
"We took the gamble this year and it paid off in the end because we didn't play finals footy, but it would have been detrimental not having them then," he said.
"It seems like governments aren't going to do lockdowns as much, if at all, so we anticipate it will be more smooth sailing."
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