NEW Marong coach Linton Jacobs has wasted no time adding to the Panthers list, signing three players for the 2021 Loddon Valley league season.
Two of the Panthers' recruits are former Marong players returning to the club in Corey Gregg and Richard Tibbett, while Cory Jacobs is also heading out to Malone Park.
On-baller Gregg previously coached Marong from 2012 to 2015.
After stepping down Gregg stayed on as a player at the Panthers in 2016 before coaching North Central league club Boort in 2017 and 2018.
Gregg - an Eaglehawk premiership player back in 2008 - spent last year at Goulburn Valley league club Echuca.
"Greggy is a quality midfielder who uses the ball well, has a lot of experience and will bring good leadership having coached at both Marong and Boort," Jacobs said on Saturday.
Gregg was the Loddon Valley league's Harding medallist in 2012.
Athletic big man Tibbett is returning to Marong after last year playing with Eaglehawk where he was a member of the Hawks' side beaten by Strathfieldsdaye in the grand final.
"Tibby had a ripper of a season last year. He was leading Eaglehawk's best and fairest early and was one of the better players in the grand final playing centre half-back," Jacobs said.
"He played wing, in the ruck and finished up at centre half-back last year, so he's very versatile.
"I think he plays his best football at centre half-back, so that's where I'll be looking to use him. He's good in the air and uses the ball well."
Like Tibbett, Cory Jacobs is also joining Marong after playing at Eaglehawk last season.
Jacobs was part of Colbinabbin's last premiership team in 2008 and was the Bendigo league's under-18 George Symons medallist in 2006.
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"Cory's skill level will help give us a lift and we'll look to use him in a half-forward/midfield role," Jacobs said.
As well as the three recruits, the Panthers will also have Nathan Devanny back on board.
Devanny won the Panthers' best and fairest last season, but is playing in Queensland this year.
However, Devanny will be back next year without having missed any games for the Panthers given the Loddon Valley season's 2020 COVID cancellation.
And Jacobs himself, also a premiership player at Colbinabbin in 2008 who has been an assistant at Eaglehawk for the past three years, hasn't ruled out pulling the boots back on either.
Also at Marong Jarrod Harris has been reappointed as reserves coach.
50 MOST DOMINANT FLAG SEASONS IN BFL, HDFL, LVFL SINCE 1990
THE LIST SO FAR:
No. 22 & 21 - Bridgewater 2010; Bridgewater 2011
No. 24 & 23 - LBU 2011; Colbinabbin 1998
No. 26 & 25 - Gisborne 2003; LBU 2013
No. 28 & 27 - Gisborne 2002; Colbinabbin 1991
No. 30 & 29 - Maryborough 1998; Gisborne 2005
No. 32 & 31 - South Bendigo 1994; Golden Square 2009
No. 34 & 33 - Castlemaine 1992; South Bendigo 1990
No. 36 & 35 - Mitiamo 1999; Sandhurst 2016
No. 38 & 37 - North Bendigo 2019; Leitchville-Gunbower 2018
No. 40 & 39 - Bridgewater 1991; Calivil United 2017
No. 42 & 41 - Heathcote 1992, Sandhurst 2004
No. 44 & 43 - Eaglehawk 2008, Elmore 2007
No. 46 & 45 - Mount Pleasant 1990, Newbridge 2018
No. 48 & 47 - Gisborne 2006, Calivil United 1990
No. 50 & 49 - Calivil United 2003, Eaglehawk 2018
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