Hamilton Kangaroos bullish ahead of round one clash with South Warrnambool

KEY ADDITIONS: Hamilton Kangaroos recruits Hugh Doulgas and Jandre Slabbert will add experience to Matt Dunn's side in 2018. Picture: Christine Ansorge

KEY ADDITIONS: Hamilton Kangaroos recruits Hugh Doulgas and Jandre Slabbert will add experience to Matt Dunn's side in 2018. Picture: Christine Ansorge

HAMILTON Kangaroos coach Matt Dunn is bullish about their new-look forward line as it prepares for its first test.

Darcy Russell and Hugh Douglas will provide a two-pronged tall timber attack against South Warrnambool in the first night match at the revamped Friendly Societies’ Park on Saturday.

“They will give us a bit more of a target and hopefully that helps the forward line function,” Dunn said.

“Darcy is a strong marking player and Hugh covers the ground well and has got himself fit.”

The Kangaroos will also unveil new half-back Jandre Slabbert who is “a steady reader of the footy” along with fellow recruits Tyrone Ross, Sam Brewer and teenager James Cleaver.

Cleaver is part of the Greater Western Victoria Rebels’ TAC Cup program. The Roos are also hopeful Brad Thomas’ clearance will go through in time for him to play.

Paddy Mahony returns to the Roosters’ best 21 after he was cleared for one game to his former Warrnambool and District league club Panmure to boost his match fitness, while defender Harry Lee has overcome injury.