THE Yarrawonga Football Club is again preparing to unleash some big names on the Ovens and Murray league next season.
The Pigeons have already convinced Brendan Fevola to return next year, hoping the two-time Coleman medallist can repeat his 100-goal effort from last season.
But with the former Carlton and Brisbane gun set to miss the Pigeons' Round 1 Easter Sunday blockbuster through suspension, rumours are rife the club is working on another former AFL champion to help launch its premiership defence.
While talk in the Murray River town has centred on retired Richmond star Matthew Richardson, The Weekly Times has been assured by the man himself, that a one-off appearance is out of the question.
"First I've heard of it," Richardson said.
"It wouldn't be possible just becuase of the fact I work all weekend."
The Weekly Times understands Geelong premiership hero Brad Ottens is set to play a handful of games, despite Yarrawonga president Glenn Brear keeping tight lipped about the club's recruiting campaign.
"It all depends on draws and once we find out all that, then we can sit down and work out what's in front of us," Brear said.
"Fevola is our man and we want him playing."
Another former Richmond player Kayne Pettifer has reportedly signed with Yarrawonga, joining former teammate Craig Ednie in the Pigeons line-up.
The Ovens and Murray league will release its fixture this week with the Yarrawonga set to open its season against Wangaratta at home on Easter Sunday.
Unless the Pigeons can find another loophole like the one used to get Fevola on the park in front of 8000 spectators in Round 1 this year, then the full forward will make his season debut against Jason Akermanis’ North Albury in Round 2.
Akermanis presided over his first training session at the Hoppers last week.