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SOUTH Bendigo has added Sunny Brazier to its list as it strives to boost its firepower in the Bendigo Football-Netball League this year.
Brazier has played VFL football with the Northern Blues - four games in 2019 as a 23rd player - as well as come through the NAB League with the Northern Knights.
"Sunny has been playing with Fitzroy in the VAFA and has also had some VFL experience playing with the Northern Blues," South Bendigo coach Nathan Horbury said on Thursday.
"Something we've probably been lacking is a little bit of height and he's a bigger fella... he's around 190cms and 90-odd kilograms.
"With his size he can play as an inside-mid, but we'll look at playing him as an option up forward and perhaps pushing him up into the middle at times.
"He's training with the Northern Bullants at the moment, so we're not sure if we'll see him for the whole year, but, hopefully for us we'll get to see him for a fair chunk of it because he's a really exciting talent.
"He's still young, but it's great to have someone who has already played a bit of VFL football on our list."
He's still young, but it's great to have someone who has already played a bit of VFL football on our list
Brazier, 20, earned a VAFA Rising Star nominee in 2019 after a four-goal performance against Old Geelong.
Following his nomination Fitzroy said of Brazier: "His strengths as a footballer include being mobile for his size, can play on-ball or as a key marking target. Very good at knowing where the ball is dropping when it is in the air and below his knees when it is on the ground. Sunny is renowned for his thumping kicks."
At this stage Brazier is one of five new players the Bloods have added since their last game back in round 18 of 2019.
Also joining the Bloods are Cooper Leon, Ollie Simpson, Oscar White and Michael Herlihy.
"Cooper Leon plays across half-back and through the mids and is a really good ball-user and intercept marker across the half-back flank," Horbury said.
"He's a good size and is also training down with the Northern Bullants, so he's going to be really good for us.
"Ollie Simpson and Oscar White can both play high half-forward roles for us and be really good up on the wing as well.
"And we're really excited to have Michael Herlihy. He can play a half-forward and midfield role and kicked 54 goals for Numurkah in 2019 and also played inter-league (for Murray).
"He's got a bit of grunt in the way he goes about it and is a really good leader."
As well as their new recruits, Horbury says the Bloods are also excited to welcome back Daniel Nalder (knee), Will Keck (foot) and co-captain Zac Hare (leg) after injury-affected 2019 seasons
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