FORMER Essendon forward Jay Neagle will line up with Korumburra-Bena this season.Neagle, the son of 203 AFL/VFL gamer Merv, signed with the Bulldogs in the Alberton league following a season with Queensland club Broadbeach.
The 25-year-old was delisted by Essendon at the end of the 2011 season, after being drafted under the father-son rule in 2005.
He played 28 games for the Bombers, booting 41 goals.
Korumburra-Bena secretary Allan Summerfield said Neagle had joined the club with another ex-Broadbeach player, Chris Urie, a former VCFL representative who hails from Neerim-Neerim South in the Ellinbank and District league.
"One thing sort of led to another,'' Summerfield said.
"Chris told us that Jay hadn't committed to a club yet so we approached him and had talks.''
Neagle played for TAC Cup team Gippsland Power before joining Essendon and now lives in Traralgon.
"They're pretty good pick-ups, so it's pretty exciting,'' Summerfield said.
"They're the sort of players we needed, but as it goes in footy we lost a couple as well.
"A couple of our better players have gone to Leongatha, trying to better their football a little bit.''
Summerfield said the Bulldogs had lost forwards Cade Maskell and Aaron Hillberg to the Parrots in the higher-standard Gippsland league.
The pair booted 60 goals and 30 goals respectively last year.
Peter Helms will coach Korumburra-Bena for the third consecutive season, after taking the club to a semi final last year.
Summerfield said he believed back-to-back Alberton league premier Kilcunda-Bass had "lost a few of their better players'', while last year's runner-up Dalyston had recruited well.
Former St Kilda player Robert Eddy has signed at his home club Stony Creek.
Eddy, 25, played 33 games for the Saints from 2008-10, spending a season on the club's rookie list in 2011 before lining up for Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL last year.