Reigning North Ballarat Roosters best and fairest Lachie Cassidy is the latest VFL-experienced player heading to Sebastopol in the Ballarat Football League.
His arrival at Marty Busch Reserve makes four recruits straight out of the disbanded Roosters system.
Cassidy joins Tony Lockyer, Matt Austin and Nick Hausler, as well new Burra coach Leigh Hutchinson, in making the move from North Ballarat.
Cassidy is breaking longstanding ties with Ballarat Swans in signing with Sebastopol, which in this off-season has developed into a major destination club in the BFL.
He progressed through junior ranks at Ballarat, ironically playing in an under-16.5 premiership win over Sebastopol in 2009.
He was a member of the Swans’ 2014 grand final line-up and best and fairest in the same season.
Cassidy played with North Ballarat Rebels before moving up to the Roosters, and has retained Ballarat as his home club. He last played with the Swans last year.
Sebastopol’s recruiting is not just aimed at lifting it off the bottom, but to achieve sustained long-term success.
Burra recruiting panel member Shawne Dummett said Cassidy’s decision to move to the club was another significant boost.
He said he had long been renowned for his work ethic.
Dummett said Cassidy had averaged 29 disposals a game as an inside midfielder on his way to this year’s Roosters best and fairest.
He said Sebastopol could not be happier with the way recruiting was progressing.
Dummett said such was the enthusiasm about the club that about 25 players were already training as a group ahead of the formal pre-season program.
Sebastopol had a meet the coach evening on Friday night, when the arrival of Cassidy was also announced.