SOUTH Bendigo has wasted no time in finding a replacement for Brady Childs as captain of the Bloods, with Aaron Connaughton to lead the side in the Bendigo Football League next year.
Classy midfielder Connaughton will also step up into an assistant coach role with the Bloods, which has lost some key playing personnel in Childs and star forward Justin Maddern (Shepparton Swans), Brad Wright and Alex Galea (White Hills) and Glen Scholtes (Calivil United).
With the move of Childs and Maddern to the Shepparton Swans, the Bloods have lost both this year's best and fairest and leading goalkicker.
"We're disappointed to lose Brady and Justin," South Bendigo coach Jeff Brennan said on Friday.
"They are both great players and terrific fellas and go with our blessing. We wish them well and we will certainly welcome them back.
"We have known this has been on the table for some time, so we have certainly been very strong in our recruiting with this in mind.
"We believe we will be able to announce some very good signings in the next week or so.
"In today's footy you need to get on with things quickly and we're thrilled Aaron Connaughton has been appointed captain and assistant coach.
"The commitment of the remainder of our list has been fantastic and we believe the development and improvement of our young group, with the additions of some very good experienced players, puts us well placed going into pre-season."