Doswell's signature a lure for others
STAR Holbrook recruit Brett Doswell is likely to act as a drawcard in attracting a number of Wagga players to the Hume League next season.
Doswell is set to leave Ovens and Murray club Wodonga Bulldogs to link up with the Brookers, but is reportedly waiting for a release from his contract.
He will coach alongside Jarrod Twitt and a small handful of his former Wagga Tigers teammates have been rumoured to be following Doswell south.
Holbrook president Stephen Bunyan yesterday confirmed younger brother Matt Doswell has indicated he will play in 2013, while James Hodges has signed and Shaun Lowry is believed to be considering the move.
"His brother is coming, and I think another bloke or two, but I'm not sure," Bunyan said.
Matt Doswell and Lowry both sat out the 2012 season, while Hodges was in and out of Tigers' first grade team throughout the year.
All three would be handy pick-ups for Holbrook.
Doswell's signing as co-coach is a big coup for the Brookers, who are looking to better their fifth placing this year.
He returned to the Bulldogs from the Tigers at the end of 2011 and took up the assistant coaching role at the O&M club before the end of the season.
Bunyan said Doswell would be the perfect replacement for Hume League best and fairest winner Mikal Bloom, who will spend at least 12 months overseas and miss the 2013 season.
"We are very happy to get (Doswell)," Bunyan said.
"When we lost Bloom, he was a very good player and we had to fill that hole that he left.
"Brett will slot right in there for Bloom."
Holbrook has already had a pre-season run and will resume training next month.
Bunyan said co-coach Twitt had established a player "academy" for the younger footballers coming up into senior level.
"A few of the younger guys have been doing weight training to beef up a bit," Bunyan said.
"They are all really keen."
Meanwhile, CDHBU looks to be a big Hume League improver with the signings of midfielder Jeremy Stevenson and forward Corey Smith.
Murray Magpies have also signed a number of O&M players, as well as two from Corryong and one from Wollongong.