Junee's bid to return to next year's Group Nine first grade competition have been boosted by the signing of five recruits.
The Diesels have snared the services of five recruits from Fiji and the Cook Islands as they looks to bring in a combination of experience and class to help the club return to first grade.
James Strickland headlines the signings, crossing to Junee after spending last season with Group Nine rivals Kangaroos.
A speedy utility that can slot in anywhere in the backline, Strickland had committed to play at Junee this year before the club withdrew from first grade.
Strickland will be joined by two outside backs in Ratu Saurara and Josh Waqavesii. They will also welcome some size to their forward pack with the arrival of Josh Raboiliku and Akuila Tuvakaikoya Tavakaturaga.
New Junee coach Damion Fraser was excited to welcome some recruits on board.
"Definitely. We lost a couple of local boys so we needed to fill some vital spots," Fraser said.
"We needed to bring a few in to help our locals and now we'll look to fill the rest of the spots with our local players."
Junee withdrew from this year's first grade competition but maintained their position in the competition without a top-tier team and a Sullivan Cup outfit.
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The Diesels hope to field a team in all grades next season and kicked off their campaign to return to first grade with the appointment of Fraser on a three-year deal late last month.
Strickland spent most of this season in the centres for Kangaroos but is expected to provide Junee with an option in the halves.
Saurara and Waqavesii will provide speed and strength in the outside backs, while Raboikiku and Tuvakaikoya Tavakaturaga will add size to Junee's forward pack.
The Diesels will hold a get together on Saturday at Laurie Daley Oval at 11am, for a game of touch followed by a barbeque.
The club is encouraging new and old players to attend to help support the Diesels' push back into first grade next year.
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