KARINGAL Football Club has landed the biggest blow in off-season recruiting, landing three-time Sorrento premiership forward Leigh Poholke.
Yours truly broke the exclusive story on the RPP Footy Show and Toe Punt Facebook Page on Saturday morning.
The 2014 Nepean League MVP and Team of the Year player has gone to the Bulls to “personally challenge” himself.
Poholke said he had been fortunate in his career to be at a “great club” and one that has enjoyed a lot of success.
However, Poholke said it was time for a change.
“I want to challenge myself. I think that I can bring the experience I have gained from being in a successful club and help out the Karingal Football Club.
“I have always heard great things about Karingal and people I spoke to before I made my decision were very positive about the way the club is managed.
“For me, I’m young, the club has a great group of kids coming through and there’s plenty of irons in the fire for further recruits.”
Poholke conceded that he had been offered a lot of money to coach in the Alberton League, reportedly $30,000 a year but wanted to stay closer to home to run his personal landscape gardening business.
Fevola to play at Bombers
Former Carlton and Brisbane Lions full forward Brendan Fevola will line up for Frankston Bombers in Round 1 next season.
The Bombers will tackle Pearcedale in the opening round of the Nepean League 2016 season, on Good Friday.
In further exciting news, Bombers are expected to confirm this week that the game will be played at the home of Frankston Dolphins at Kars St.
Coach Beau Muston said it was an exciting get for the club.
“We’ve been working pretty hard in the past 12 months to change the perceptions of the club,” Muston said.
“This means that we need to start doing things a bit differently and become more relevant in the competition.
“Having Brendan for one game is an investment but we’re sure that on Good Friday, there’ll be plenty of people who want to come to Kars St to watch the opening round and ‘Fev’ running around.
Jewell not signed
Despite rumours to the contrary since round six of the Nepean League season, Rosebud premiership coach Nick Jewell said there was nothing to ‘officially’ announce at Sorrento.
“I know what the rumours are but there is nothing official at this stage,” Jewell said.
However, Nick was informed by Leigh Poholke on Thursday night that he wasn’t playing football at Sorrento next season.
“I was at cricket training and when I came out there were three missed calls from Leigh. At that stage I thought to myself, this can’t be good news,” Nick said.
If Jewell hadn’t signed at Sorrento, one wonders why it would be bad news that Poholke has signed at Sorrento.
In further news from Nick, he said there was no truth to the rumour that Leigh Treeby was in the running for the Rosebud job.
New Crib Point coach Taylor Stratton was unhappy to read the paper last week, claiming he had been recruiting teammates as far back as Round 15 to join him at Crib Point.
“I wasn’t even coach of Crib Point in Round 15 – so I’m not sure where that came from,” Stratton said.
“If players want to join me at Crib, then fantastic, however, it’s not my intention to go through every player on the Hastings list and try and get them across.
“My brother Kain will join me but at this stage I think that will be it. If we can get everyone on the track at the start of pre-season training, I have no doubt we’ll be right up there again next season.
Hamish to Pines
Pines are hopeful that they can land former North Melbourne and Geelong ruckman Hamish McIntosh.
The stumbling block at present appears to be the asking price, however, it is believed that he is very interested in joining his former teammate Aaron Edwards at the club.