REDAN has swooped on prolific Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League forward Nathan Wright.
Last year’s league leading goal-kicker will leave Carisbrook and take a position with the Lions for season 2014.
Wright has been training with the Ballarat league powerhouse since before Christmas and is a confirmed starter, according to Redan coach Eammon Gill.
Gill said the club had shown interest in the key position forward in the past and was pleased to finally secure his services.
“He’s played pretty well the last three years and we are rapt to have him on board,” Gill told The Courier.
He said Wright shaped as one of the club’s headline recruits this season alongside triple premiership player Nathan Blomeley, who returns to the Lions after a stint with Newlyn in the Central Highlands competition.
Wright has been a consistent goal-kicker in the senior ranks for the past few years, highlighted by winning the Joe Parker Memorial Trophy for his standout season last year.
He booted 95 goals throughout the Redbacks’ campaign, which went undefeated until a surprise preliminary final loss cost the club a place in the decider. This followed hauls of 78 and 53 goals in 2012 and 2011 respectively.
Meanwhile, Sunbury president Phil Lithgow says the club will release several of its star players despite denying a host of initial clearances last week.
Premiership players Jay Cheep, Simon Clarke, Xavier Linton, Jamie Lobb and Ross Sleight have all been denied clearances because they are simply in possession of Lions club jumpers, said Lithgow.
Lithgow said there would be no problem clearing the players once the jumpers had been returned.