Seniors team ready for 2019

Pirera said the team would be more settled this year, but also less experienced given Steve Murray has gone back to Benalla, Chris Johnson has retired, and Brody Lawford and Barama Blow have switched to Clunes.

“We have a youth program at Bentleigh, as opposed to recruiting big names,’’ he said.

“OK, we’ve got Jed for a few games but overall we’ve recruited players who we think will give the club seven, eight, nine years of service.

“That’s been a big focus for us, because whatever we do we need to be able to sustain. We’re trying to be extremely competitive in first division but at the same time maintain sustainability and not get out of our depth in terms of what we commit to.’’

Bentleigh coach Peter Pirera works the huddle.

The additions include Ashley Di Ciero from Warragul, a midfielder and key position option; Joe Colaciello, a speedy and skilled onballer and forward from Gormandale; prolific goalkicker Corbin Sutherland from Yarram; and Jake Anderson, an inside midfielder also from Yarram.

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