THREE-time Warrnambool and District league premier Kolora-Noorat will be without two match-winning forwards next season.
Sam Moloney and Mark Clissold have left the Power in search of new challenges, leaving coach Ben Kenna on the hunt for goalkicking prowess.
Moloney, an athletic forward who booted 84 goals in 2013, has crossed to Terang Mortlake under new coach Matt Irving.
He joins Panmure forward Chris Bant at the Hampden league Bloods.
Bant, who has signed as an assistant coach, kicked 108 goals in 2013.
Clissold, by contrast, has joined the Adam Courtney-coached Simpson after managing 64 goals in 2013.
He gives the Colac and District league Tigers an explosive small forward who can also run through the midfield.
The two departures potentially herald the end of an era for Kolora-Noorat, which has played in five of the past six senior grand finals, winning three premierships.
But the 2013 reserves premiership suggests the club has the depth to cover the loss of two top players.
Moloney said he wanted to make a low-key move to Terang Mortlake, aware of the challenges which came with stepping up to a tougher league.
His new coach Irving, back at the helm for a second time, also played down the hype surrounding the recruit.
“We’re excited to have him on board, there’s no worries about that,” Irving said.
Clissold, who is based in Geelong, said he shifted to Simpson wanting a “fresh start” at a new club in a different league.
He said the decision to leave Kolora-Noorat was not easy to make.
“I’m definitely going to miss the joint. I’ll definitely be back there, that’s for sure, in the near future,” he said.
“It’s the only club I’ve played seniors at but it’s one of the best clubs I’ve been associated with, so it’s going to be hard to leave.”
Clissold said he did not feel ready to step up to the HFNL, opting against joining Moloney at Terang Mortlake.
“I almost went there this year, I just didn’t think I was ready,” he said.
“I thought I’d give a new club in a similar league a go to challenge myself that way, see how I take it.”
Courtney said he was “over the moon” with the signing.
“We put our plans for the year across to him and he seems to think we’re on the right track,” he said.
Courtney conceded he knew little about how damaging Clissold had been in the WDFNL.
But others had highlighted his exploits, particularly in the 2013 preliminary final against Dennington when he produced a memorable final quarter.
The Dogs got the win, booking themselves a grand final berth in the process, but Clissold won a legion of fans with his three goals.
“The more I hear about him the better it gets, really,” Courtney said.
“Always from the start we were after a key forward, a key backman and a class midfielder.
“To be able to tick one off pretty early in recruiting, I’m very happy for the club.”