Russells Creek and its premiership aspirations have been given a major boost ahead of finals with former Hampden league star Dylan Gunning joining the club.
The ex-Port Fairy champion and Hampden interleague player - one of the club's best players of the past few decades - has been named on the wing in the top-four Warrnambool and District league clash against ladder-leaders Nirranda on Saturday.
Gunning has most recently been playing in the Darwin season for Waratah.
Creekers co-coach Danny Chatfield said the club was delighted to welcome a player of his calibre to Mack Oval after plenty of speculation of his arrival.
"I'm really excited to see what he brings to be honest - he's been training for a couple of weeks, it was unfortunate he couldn't get up last week," he told The Standard.
"It was a week-by-week thing, Dylon (Herbertson) had done a bit of work in the background and obviously with the links to Port Fairy so I sort of sat back and thought I'd believe it when I see him on the track.
"Everyone I bumped into at the coffee shop was saying 'you've got three or four blokes from Port Fairy coming', so there was a lot of speculation and stuff that's for sure."
The Creekers mentor said Gunning would significantly bolster the club both on and off the field.
"We want him to bring extra class and leadership to the mix - you've got guys like Dan Nicholson, Xavier McCartney, Dylon Herbertson, Tay Wason all having Hampden experience," he said.
'Blake Rudland-Castles is also in that category too.
"It'll provide us with that extra bit of leadership - without putting too much pressure on him leading into a big game, we just want him to get out there and get a feel for it with new teammates and a new club."
Chatfield said the group was excited to respond after the loss to Panmure in round 13.
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