Fresh start: Club relying on new leadership and strong recruits for season success

MILDURA East coach Tom Vadlja hopes his side can progress through to the Sunraysia Cricket Association grand final this season.

East have made the top four over the past four seasons, but have been bundled out in the first week of finals on each occasion.

But some strong recruiting over the winter should see East press their claims for a top two berth.

“This year we shape up quite strongly,” Vadlja said.

“We have recruited quite well in the off-season, not only first grade but right through the other grades.

“That boosts the whole club and we should make finals again and hopefully make a grand final.”

Among the changes include Vadlja handing the captaincy to Brad Thomas.

Vadlja said it was time for some fresh blood to take the reins.

“I haven’t had any success while captaining so it’s time for some fresh blood,” he said.

“He (Thomas) is keen … I’ve been talking to him regularly and he just can’t wait for the season to start.

“If Brad ever needs help on Saturdays, well I can help him out along with Jason Bruhn.”

The main changes for the City Oval tenants are to the bowling attack.

East have recruited former Irymple quick Daniel Thompson, while John Thompson joins the club as a bowler from Melbourne.

However, Fabian Farley has moved for work purposes.

Vadlja said it would be a new-look bowling attack this year.

“We probably needed a bit more sting with our bowling,” he said.

“Daniel will make a big difference with the new ball.”

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