Teams build up to CHFL season

SPRINGBANK’S bid as a Central Highlands Football League premiership threat has gained further momentum with the luring of triple North Ballarat Roosters premiership player Bill Driscoll to Tigerland.

Driscoll, who retired from VFL commitments due to an ongoing foot injury at the end of last season, has trained with the Tigers with the expectation he will play there in 2014.

His recruitment follows that of key inclusions, former Brisbane Lion Matt Tyler and ex-Lake Wendouree captain Tim Malone.

Driscoll, now 26, has been a long-term figure for the Roosters, playing in their premiership successes in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The goal-sneak is expected to help fill a role in the midfield for the Tigers, which continue to be one of the big movers and shakers of the off-season.

Meanwhile, Waubra is doing plenty of its own work, with former Sebastopol captain Malcom Niblett and East Point midfielder Jason Delaney expected to join the Roos for next season.

Niblett, a key defender, will cross to Waubra after missing the Kookaburras’ entire 2013 campaign with a serious knee injury, while Delaney makes the move after another standout year for the Kangaroos, where he played close to 180 senior games.

Both are past Ballarat Football League team of the year members.

Ex-Buninyong midfielder Kurt Bruechert is also believed to be on board, leaving the Bombers after back-to-back grand final defeats.

tim.oconnor@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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