SIMPSON Football Club is looking to build on its fourth-placed finish with the signing of five key recruits.
A mixture of new faces and past players has joined the Tigers for pre-season training at Simpson Recreation Reserve.
South Rovers midfielder Dominic Bushell and utility Jamie Barry, of Cobden, have signed with the Tigers, while former juniors Jack Dunkley, Daniel Weel and Will Bongers are back at Tigerland.
Dunkley, a Colac and District Football League junior best and fairest winner in 2005, returns after a two-year stint with Warrnambool and District Football League club Russell’s Creek alongside Weel, the cousin of Simpson key forward Dave Weel.
Bongers, who played in the club’s 2009 under-17 premiership, is a Tiger again after a year with Cobden’s under-18 team.
Simpson co-coach Chris Walsh said the senior players would add depth to the fast-improving club, which shot into finals last year after the injection of a host of stars including key defender Corey Baulch, ruckman Chris Shawcross and forward Brendan Hickey.
Teenage midfielder Matt Uwland is the only player from the club’s 2010 squad who is in doubt, after moving to Ocean Grove for work.
The new Tigers will get their first chance to represent their new club when Simpson plays its first practice match against Timboon on Sunday.
Walsh said the club had been attracting between 25 to 30 players to training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.