KYNETON has taken another positive step in its bid to reform its senior football side in 2014, signing eight players this week.
Coach Mark Adamson confirmed on Friday that eight senior players - Jordan Collins, Harrison Huntley, Ricky Mether, Mick Clancy, Brandon Spurr, Tylah Greetham, Hamish Strawhorn and David Romer - had agreed to terms with the club.
The Tigers fielded reserves and under-18 sides in the Bendigo Football Netball League in 2013 and have set a goal of recruiting at least 25 senior players this off-season to ensure they can re-join the senior competition in 2014.
"We're very happy to get these signings,'' Adamson said.
"Jordan Collins and Ricky Mether are new to the club. Collins has played some quality senior footy at Golden Square and North Bendigo, while Rick Mether has played five seasons in the seniors with Mordialloc in the strong Southern league.
"The other guys have all played with Kyneton and it's important that we get them back to the club."
Huntley impressed with Gisborne this season and is expected to hold down a key position with the Tigers next year, while Greetham also returns from a stint with Gisborne.
Spurr, 19, is highly-talented and could find his way on to the Bendigo Gold list or play with the Pioneers in the TAC Cup as one of the club's over-age players.
"We want our young players to achieve the best possible footy they can, so if Brandon wants to go down that path we'd encourage him,'' Adamson said.
Adamson said he'd spoken to more than 120 players in the past two months and he expects to have more signings in the next fortnight.
"It's a big challenge, but we've set ourselves some goals and we're close to achieving those goals as each month goes by,'' he said.
"October will be a huge month for us. We've got a lot of irons in the fire, so to speak, and we're close to getting a couple of really satisfying results.
"We'll know in the next two to three weeks where we're sitting. We could be in a strong position or we could have to revisit our strategies."
Star duo Shane Page and Rhys Ellis, who left Kyneton at the end of last season to play with Darley in the Ballarat Football League, have spoken with Adamson and are expected to finalise their plans for next year in the next month.
Recruiting is the toughest part of a coaches job, but Adamson has been impressed with the reaction he's received from players.
"Most players have been really positive,'' he said.
"The overwhelming response from players has been "we love what Kyneton is trying to achieve".
Eight senior players sign with Tigers for 2014
October will be a huge month for us. We've got a lot of irons in the fire.