GROUP Nine leading point scorer Latrell Siegwalt will play with Gundagai next season.
The Tigers have secured the signature of the dynamic full-back with Siegwalt opting to follow outgoing Southcity coach Nathan Rose to Gundagai for next season.
Siegwalt took all before him in this year's COVID-interrupted Group Nine season, finishing with 148 points, courtesy of 14 tries and 48 goals from the Bulls' 14 games.
The signing is a massive coup for Gundagai, who finished fourth this season, but an equally cruel blow to Southcity, who have now lost at least five key players from this year's campaign.
Gundagai coach Luke Berkrey was stoked to get Siegwalt on board.
"He's a really good player," Berkrey said.
"He's young, exuberant, and he's going to be really handy for us.
"He's also got a good combination with Nathan so we can certainly use that to our advantage with Nathan having some familiarity around him and to make him more comfortable with his transition."
Berkrey believes Siegwalt's decision to join Gundagai was already an example of the benefits the Tigers will see after securing Rose to the club.
"I guess seeing Rosey had signed over here might have helped, which is good," he said.
"That's the joys of when you can sign a player like Nathan Rose, who has such a big stature throughout Group Nine, that some good players can come with that."
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With Rose at five-eighth and Siegwalt at full-back, Berkrey is now comfortable with the Tigers' squad for next season.
"Us losing some very handy players in Dane O'Hehir, James Smart, Ryan McQueen, Will Herring, all that sort of full back, five eighth role, we really were starting to get thinned out there in those positions so signing those two boys is going to help us," he said.
"We're pretty settled now. We've made a big emphasis on locking up our local boys obviously and making sure they're all happy and good to go. I feel like the club is in a good space at the moment with our retention and obviously a couple key signings."
Berkrey is also confident that adding two big names from Group Nine rival Southcity won't hurt the Tigers under the proposed new points system.
"One thing where Gundagai is extremely lucky is we've got so many good local juniors," he said.
"So we can afford to grab one or two if they are needed. It certainly does help us in that regard and that's a big credit to our local guys and local coaches who have helped them come through to first grade."
Gundagai won't begin their pre-season training until February next year.
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