PADTHAWAY Football Club has pulled off one of the biggest recruiting coups in KNTFL history with the signing of two ex-AFL key forwards among a raft of gun new players.
Scott Welsh, a former North Melbourne, Adelaide and Western Bulldogs player, and Ian Perrie - a 10 season veteran from Adelaide - head the list of 2014 recruits at the Lions.
The 34-year-old full forward Welsh won the league's top goal kicker trophy in both seasons he played in the Great Southern Football League for Encounter Bay in 2012 and 2013.
Centre half forward Perrie, also 34, joined Welsh at Encounter Bay for their premiership in 2013 - also winning the GSFL Mail Medal.
Padthaway has also enticed Jason Degabrielle back to the club from Tailem Bend, along with Luke Harder (Tailem Bend), John Brice (Balaklava), Alan Harvey (Brahma Lodge) and Rick Hoffman (Morphett Vale - brother of current Lion Michael).
Padthaway's new non-playing coach, Adam Jeffries, who has coaching experience at South Adelaide, told the Herald there was a good feeling around the club with the signings. "There's some exciting recruits there," he said. "It's good for Padthaway and good for the league."
More in the Herald on December 5.