Narrandera add experience to list with three key signings

WELCOME ABOARD: Narrandera recruits Lachie Hutchins, Alex Lawder, James Sullivan and Mitch Staite get familiar with their new colours at training on Thursday night.RIVERINA LEAGUE

NARRANDERA has added some much needed experience to its group with three Canberra-based recruits.

Mark Rice and Alex Lawder will return to the Eagles, who have also picked up Mitch Staite.

Rice is a premiership player at Narrandera, while Lawder enjoyed a strong season at the club in 2013.

Rice and Lawder will add strength to Narrandera’s defence, along with versatility.

Staitecan play through the midfield and forward flank.

Narrandera captain-coach Tim Sullivan loves what the three players bring to his team.

“The experience they bring on board will be that valuable and helpful to the team,” Sullivan said.

“They add depth which is good and they’re keen as mustard.”

Sullivan believes all three can play a variety of roles for Narrandera.

“I saw Alex play in the AFL Canberra grand final against Ainslie and he had the ball on a string,” he said.

“He can play key defence and play on a big key forward, or he can play an on-ball role.

“Mark is a swingman. He can play in defence, pinch hit in the ruck, or even through the middle.

“He’s down to the lightest he’s ever been and he played on a wing at Tuggeranong at one stage, so that’s going to be a bonus.

“Mitch is a skilful on-ball, forward flank classy type that will play a role for us.

“He’s had a year or two off but he’s raring to go.”

Lawder played at Queanbeyan last year and was one of the Tigers’ best at division one level.

The three recruits join Lachie Hunter and James Sullivan as Narrandera’s additions to its list.

The Eagles have kept losses at a minimum with Lachie Hutchins, Mark Flack and Phil Aumann the only likely losses.

Sullivan said the feeling around the club is positive.

“We’re getting good numbers without the Canberra guys which is a good thing,” he said.

“We’ve averaged around 30 at training and we’re encouraging more to come, local people, everyone’s welcome.”

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