KYNETON has recruited some talented players for its return to senior football in the BFNL, but the Tigers' latest recruit might just be the pick of the crop, according to coach Mark Adamson.
The Tigers announced on Monday that they'd signed midfielder/forward Ben Weightman from Eastern Football League club Lilydale.
The 24-year-old made the EFL team of the year in 2013 and he has previous experience with VFL club Port Melbourne and Redlands in the AFL Queensland competition.
"He kicked 36 goals as a midfield/forward in a very strong competition last year,'' Adamson said.
"Add to that his experience in the VFL and Queensland and his record speaks for itself.
"To get the opportunity to get a 24-year-old of his quality into the club... we couldn't be much happier."
Adamson expects Weightman to give the Tigers some spark through the midfield and inside forward 50.
"He played most of his footy with Lilydale as a midfielder, but he does have a liking to go forward and kick some goals,'' Adamson said.
"We'd see him having a 50-50 split with us. He strengthens our midfield up again, but he'll also give us a mid-sized forward that can influence games.
"There's not a lot of players of his quality around country footy."
Adamson said the Tigers were close to finalising their recruiting for 2014.
"We're still keen to pick up a key position player,'' Adamson said.
"We're still in some negotiations at the moment.
"If anything else came on top of that then that would be a bonus."
After a testing first month of pre-season training, the Tigers are enjoying a Christmas-New Year break .
"I couldn't have asked for much more of the guys so far,'' he said.
"We're looking to getting back into it on January 15."