James set for Gordon comeback

Past Central Highlands Football League team of the year member Daniel James is set to return to Gordon in 2017.

James, who was named at centre half forward in the 2013 all-star side, has indicted that he will be back from overseas travel and line-up for the club next season.

The versatile forward has not played for Gordon since 2014 when he kicked 21 goals from 16 senior appearances in a campaign that reached a preliminary final.

Coach Gary Learmonth is saddling up for his second year in charge of the Eagles and confirmed talented onballer Steven Patterson would not be part of his squad due to moving interstate.

Daniel James in 2014

Daniel James in 2014

Meanwhile, Daylesford has appointed club veteran Rob Rodgers to take charge of the reserves team in 2017.

Rodgers, a multiple senior premiership player with the Bulldogs, takes on the role held by Rod Sewell for the past two years.

Marcus Goonan will continue into his second year as senior coach at Daylesford, which he returned to finals football last campaign.

He said Rodgers, who is expected to keep playing in the seniors, will bring a wealth of experience to the reserves position.

“It will be great to have that much senior football experience to help develop the reserves group and get them ready for senior football,” Goonan said.

Daylesford is still chasing under-15 and under-18 football coaches for next season.