Dogs to add midfield grunt

PYRAMID Hill coach Paul Grayling is confident he's putting a list together that will keep the Bulldogs among the top premiership contenders in the Loddon Valley Football League next year.

The Bulldogs have been one of the most consistent sides in the LVFL for the past decade without cracking it for that elusive premiership.

They bowed out in this year's preliminary final to Bears Lagoon-Serpentine, but Grayling expects the Bulldogs to be better next year as they try to break one of country Victoria's longest premiership droughts that stretches back to 1950.

The Bulldogs have bolstered their midfield with the inclusions of Danny Bateman (from Elmore), Shannon Hammond (Cohuna), Rhys Bradley (Golden Square premiership player) and the well-travelled Lincoln Withers.

"All those players will run around in the midfield for us next year," Grayling said on Friday.

"At this stage, we'll only lose Marc Hill and Alistair Dwyer, and I reckon I'm fairly close to a couple more signings, so things are going along well.

"I expect we'll be a much better side than what we were this year and a legitimate chance to give the flag a shake."

Next year will be Grayling's second season at the helm of the Bulldogs.

Pyramid Hill meets YCW at Backhaus Oval in next year's opening round on April 5.

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