Colac coach Rowan McSparron says he can’t see why 2014 premiership duo Dean Felekos and Pat Seal can’t contribute at senior level after returning to the GFNL club.
Felekos, the 2009 GFNL Rookie of the Year, is back at Central Reserve after winning a Colac and District flag alongside Seal at Alvie last year.
Seal played the last of his 139 senior games in yellow and black in 2019.
“They’re both in really good condition at the moment and fit,” McSparron said.
“They haven’t lost any of their nous.
“We’re definitely not putting a line through them to play senior football.
“They’re both coming off the back of a premiership, so they bring some good form with them, which is good.”
McSparron says the experience they bring – Felekos has 238 senior games to his name – will be crucial to Colac’s young list.
“At our level, they’re professional players who know how to get their bodies right and get themselves in good condition to compete,” he said.
“We’re really going to lean on them for some mentor and development roles with our younger players, which they’ve both indicated they’re keen to do.
“That certainly helps.”
Colac has also welcomed back Chaise Murray from Irrewarra-Beeac, added former junior Ollie Butler (Birregurra) and recruited Sam Giblett from South Colac.
The Tigers face reigning Bellarine premiers Torquay and Hampden League clubs North Warrnambool and Terang Mortlake in practice matches before Easter.
They open their 2024 campaign in a battle for the McSparron Cup against Bell Park at Hi Sushi Oval on April 6.