SPRINGBANK star recruit Bill Driscoll has begun his period of leave ahead of the Tigers’ top-of-the-table showdown with Bungaree on Saturday.
The North Ballarat Roosters’ triple-premiership player has dominated in his three matches in the yellow and black, helping lead his new club to the summit of the Central Highlands Football League ladder.
He left for an extended period overseas last Sunday, where he will meet up with former Roosters teammates Myles Sewell and Steve Clifton before returning for the Tigers’ round 14 clash with Daylesford.
Senior coach Sam Giblett said Driscoll had already left his footprint on the senior group in a short time at the club.
“He’s already left a massive impact. He’s restructured a lot of our side just with his experience from playing at a higher level,” Giblett said.
Replacing Driscoll is recruit Matt Van Kempen, who has arrived at the club from Dennington in the Warrnambool and District competition.
He is expected to fill a key post at centre half back and potentially free-up ex-Brisbane Lion Matt Tyler to play some more time in attack.
Bungaree has named two changes from the side that beat Clunes on Anzac Day to continue its
unbeaten start to the year, with Corey Needs and Lachlan Cohen in for Ash McDonald and Jordan Payne.
PREDICTION: Bungaree in a toss of the coin.