JYE Bidmade will bolster North Warrnambool Eagles’ midfield stocks in 2014.
The former Eagles junior has returned to Bushfield with a swag of Warrnambool and District league experience.
Bidmade collected the J.A. Esam Medal in 2010 and played in Panmure’s 2013 premiership. A hamstring injury forced him to miss the Bulldogs’ 2012 flag.
North Warrnambool Eagles coach Bernard Moloney said the club was thrilled to sign the aggressive ball winner.
Bidmade will play alongside the highly-rated combination of Nathan Murphy, Andy McMeel, Dean Gavin, Mark Murphy and Matthew Wines.
“It’s a really good signing for us,” Moloney said.
“He played juniors at North and brings leadership to the group because he’s a premiership player and a best and fairest winner.
“He’s a vocal player and was an assistant coach at Panmure.
“He wanted to test himself. He has played at Panmure and they were good to him but now he feels the time is right to step up to a higher level.”
Moloney said Bidmade would act as an onfield general.
“Having been an assistant coach he’s really good at the planning side of things and I want to give him an opportunity,” he said.
The Eagles have also signed 2005 Judd Cup winner Luke Williams.
Williams, a former South Warrnambool player, will play as a small forward or defender.
Ex-Shepparton United footballer Dom Barlow has joined brother Herb at Bushfield.
Barlow has had injuries the past two years.
“He’s a good pick up, an experienced player,” Moloney said.
“He’s a defensive type but has a good, solid body and can go through the midfield as well.”
North Warrnambool Eagles will return from their Christmas break on January 15.