A MERRIVALE premiership hero has committed to returning to the club he has spent most of his life at.
Sam Gleeson, who was part of the Tigers' 2014 flag, is back for the 2020 Warrnambool and District league season after re-signing with the club.
The 27-year-old midfielder is excited about the prospect of driving home from Melbourne, work depending, to play for the Tigers this year.
"Just the lure of my home club and obviously my brother (Matt) is president so I have that strong family connection," he said of his decision to return.
"It is exciting and living in Melbourne, I'm looking forward to driving back and forth."
Along with Gleeson, clearances have also been approved for two other recruits in Sam Doukas (North Warrnambool Eagles) and Aaron Petric (Murray Football League).
The formwork carpenter, who last played for the club in 2018 before spending a year with Northern Football League side Heidelberg, is bullish about the Tigers' emerging list.
"By the sounds of it they are on right path to becoming successful," he said.
"Speaking with 'Shooter' (coach Jason Rowan) he was after that bit of experience and for me to help out the other guys go a step further.
"They (the playing group) seem like good a bunch.
"I was there not long ago and I know everyone there and it seems like they have all stuck together and got some good young group coming through and naturally progressing."
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