KOROIT will be without at least nine senior and fringe footballers when the 2014 Hampden league season gets under way.
Seamus Blake is the latest highly-rated talent to leave Victoria Park, little more than a month after the Saints lost the grand final to Warrnambool.
Blake has returned to Merrivale after one season at Koroit. He will link up with Saints veteran Karl Dwyer, who has taken on the Tigers’ coaching job.
Alex White and Brady Purcell have joined two-time Warrnambool and District league premier Panmure, coached by another former Saint in Simon O’Keefe. Ben Walsh is bound for Perth and Brad Williams is headed to Allansford, while James Mugavin, Eli Barker and Chris Chambers have signed with Old Collegians.
Koroit coach Adam Dowie, about to start his second season at the helm, said the mini-exodus presented opportunities for young players to step up.
“We have lost a few players but we are confident we can also pick up a few,” he said.
“There will be a lot of opportunities for the young guys at the club.
“We will be looking for some good running players who cover the ground well and are skilful.
“We have a really good core of senior players who are good, tough players and leaders, so that gives us the opportunity to introduce some young guys around them.”