One of the most dangerous players to grace the Central Highlands Football League during the past decade is back in 2019.
Michael Cummings has committed to a return to Daylesford this season after two years at Casterton-Sandford in the Western Border competition.
Cummings is a premiership player with the Bulldogs, who last featured for the club under Marcus Goonan in 2016.
Now he will form part of the Daylesford side led by young coach Zac Tisdale, who is getting set to begin his second season in charge.
Tisdale told The Courier that Cummings would hold the role of midfield coach.
“He’s a great recruit for us and I’m really looking forward to working with him,” Tisdale said.
“He's got some really good ideas and will work closely with our young midfielders.
“He's a player that lifts everyone around him and will help lift that standard on the training track, which is a big area we want to improve this season.”
Tisdale said Cummings would serve as a great role model for the young playing group.
“It's a great thing to have players returning to the club and everyone’s just very excited to play with Freddie (Cummings) again,” he said.
“Freddie’s pumped to be back at his home club and back running around Vic Park.”
Cummings, a Central Highlands Football League best and fairest runner-up and team of the year representative, returns to Daylesford after strong campaigns with Casterton-Sandford, where he played 29 senior matches across 2017 and 2018.
While Cummings is a massive arrival, the loss of influential onballer Joel Cowan is a major blow.
Cowan, who finished second in the 2017 Geoff Taylor Medal count behind Bungaree ruckman David Benson, has lodged a clearance to Maryborough Castlemaine District league side Trentham.
A brother of former Geelong player Josh, Cowan has not yet been cleared to his new club, but is understood to have been training there for some time.
Daylesford had a disappointing 2018 campaign where it won just two games for a 15th placed finish on the ladder.
The side only managed to beat Carngham-Linton and Clunes.
The Bulldogs have a huge start to the new season, with a round one battle against arch-rivals Hepburn on Saturday, March 30.
Following that match, Daylesford will play its first home game of the year against Rokewood-Corindhap on April 6.