Donegan targets a premiership hat-trick

ALTHOUGH he's won two premierships in the space of six months, Golden Square Football Club's young gun Harry Donegan is hungry for more.

A fortnight ago it was on the cricket field where Donegan starred with the bat and as wicket-keeper in Bendigo United's first XI grand final victory.

Back in September and the skilful forward celebrated his first seniors grand final victory as Golden Square again showed it was the BFL's top dog.

"It was an amazing feeling," Donegan said.

But now the focus is on Sunday's start to a new season when Golden Square takes on Strathfieldsaye Storm.

After spending most of 2012 playing cricket in England, Donegan was back in time to watch Golden Square win that year's grand final.

"The grand final against Storm was massive. To play in it meant so much."

After playing the first two games of 2013 in the reserves, Donegan was promoted to the seniors and did not look back.

He may not have kicked a lot of goals, but his pressure and one per-cent plays were crucial.

"It's what every player in the team works at. Workrate is something every coach really wants to see."

A goal for the 21-year-old builder with KWD Construction in this footy season is to play more time in the midfield.

"Cricket keeps me a fit, but it's a different fitness for footy. There's a lot of repeat efforts."

Donegan was just 16 when Bendigo United scored a one-run victory in the BDCA's first XI grand final in 2009-10.

He endured the disappointment of back-to-back defeats in cricket grand finals.

It's what makes the wins more memorable.     

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