FORMER Carlton player Jesse Smith will return home to bolster the Sunbury midfield in 2010.In a Lions' homecoming, experienced Victorian Football League tall Simon Clarke has rejoined the pride, while Sunbury has also added six-time Gisborne premiership player Rod Sharp to its new Ballarat Football League campaign.Sunbury coach Mark Power said all three injected valuable depth and quality to his young list."It's pretty exciting - we're aiming for top three this season," Power said."Last year was all about stabilising the team and trying to educate the group how I wanted it to play."We took a step in the right direction ... we've put in some experience and there's a lot of experience in these guys."Power has expectations Smith will make his mark as one of the RegionalOne BFL's top on-ballers.Smith, 23, lives in Sunbury and arrives from two seasons with Wangaratta in the Ovens and Murray Football League, where he played in the Magpies' 2008 premiership. The former Calder Cannon hails from Rupertswood and Sunbury and was drafted as a rookie to Carlton in 2004.His hard-at-it style impressed the Blues and, after a serious chest injury, made his AFL debut against Richmond in round 20, 2006.Smith was delisted after two AFL games and spent the 2007 season with West Adelaide in the SANFL.Power said the club's recruiting was focussed on promoting Sunbury-based talent and was pleased to welcome Smith and Clarke back after time in elite football.Clarke has played 60 VFL senior games, including 13 with Sandringham in last season.The 27-year-old centre-half forward/ruckman revived his football career with the Dragons after a year travelling in Europe where he became ill with blood poisoning.Clarke made his VFL debut with Bendigo Bombers before moving to Geelong VFL, where he played 37 senior games in three seasons.Gisborne running defender Rod Sharp is tipped to play a centre-half back role with the Lions.Sharp has played more then 200 senior games with the Bulldogs.Among the Lions' losses is former Hawthorn 180-game player Angelo Lekkas and full-forward Lee James, who joins Mulwala in the Murray Valley league.