Newcomb has added some handy experience as it looks to challenge for a first finals berth in 17 years in 2024 with the signing of former Barwon Heads star Damien Horbury.
A member of the Seagulls’ drought-breaking 2019 premiership, Horbury will join the Power as playing assistant coach to Tony Mirabella.
After leaving Barwon Heads after 45 games and 59 goals at the end of 2021, Horbury has been playing with Wycheproof Narraport in the North Central League.
“I know Tony through connections in Ballarat from years ago”,” Horbury told K rock Football. “He rang up last year and said he was looking over the next couple of years to do some coaching.
“I was playing at Wycheproof, so I couldn’t commit to anything last year.
“He called me this year when he got the gig, and I thought “why not?”.
“It’s something I want to get into. I just don’t want to finish playing footy and not be involved anywhere.”
Horbury is the third handy signing this week for Newcomb.
Fellow Ballarat product Beau Adams has signed as a playing development coach from Prahran in the VAFA.
He’s played over 300 senior games across Prahran and Central Highlands club Springbank, and was named in Prahran’s 2010-19 Team of the Decade.
The Power has also attracted Josh Saltalamacchia to the club, where father Adrian is a revered figure.
Saltalamacchia, who played most of his juniors at St Albans before a stint at Grovedale either side of the COVID-ruined 2020 season, made 38 appearances and kicked 23 goals at senior level for the Supersaints.