NEW Wangoom captain-coach Jethro Serle says a productive off-season will help its quest for a Grassmere Cricket Association finals berth.
The opening bat joins wicketkeeper-batsman Jakob Stennett, opening bowler Nelson Reason and experienced assistant coach Lachie Morrison as inclusions at the Roosters.
Serle, 26, will get his first glimpse at the new-look Wangoom side when it plays defeated grand finalist Hawkesdale in the 2017-18 season-opener.
“I think we have recruited well and there will be natural improvement within in the club as well,” he said.
“I am really keen. I can’t wait to get started and it should be a good challenge.”
All nine Grassmere clubs will be represented in A grade this season following Mailors Flat’s return to the top tier. Wangoom and Woolsthorpe were reinstated in the top-flight competition 12 months ago.
Serle said the Roosters’ success at B grade level would help them make a mark at the top in coming seasons.
“If the lower grades are successful and the kids are learning from them, then when they get a chance in A grade hopefully they will be ready,” he said.
Serle arrives at Wangoom via stints at Warrnambool and District Cricket Association outfits Port Fairy and East Warrnambool-YCW.
He’s played in the Grassmere competition in the past too, having spent time at Yambuk and Mailors Flat.