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Tutt signs with Tatura - Goal-kicking midfielder played 40 AFL games

By Tyler Maher

TATURA continues to storm ahead in the Goulburn Valley League recruiting race after adding AFL experience to its list.

The Bulldogs will welcome former Western Bulldogs (26 games) and Carlton (14) midfielder Jason Tutt to the kennel for next season, joining a growing list of fresh faces at Tatura Park.

Tutt has a strong connection with Tatura coach Jamason Daniels after their paths crossed while at Whitten Oval, and the Bulldogs leader was excited to have another goal-kicking midfielder on board.

‘‘It’s obviously really great to get Tutty on board for next year,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘We’re looking forward to having him play with us.

‘‘I’ve known him for about nine years and we’ve always kept in contact. We obviously have lots of mutual friends and we catch up occasionally.

‘‘We were at one of these catch-ups a couple of months ago and he mentioned that he didn’t know what he was going to do yet with his football.

‘‘I wouldn’t have been doing my job well if I didn’t explore the option of signing him up here.’’

Along with Tutt, Nick Fothergill, Jordan O’Dwyer and Braydon Sutton (Numurkah), Lucas White (Stanhope) and the returning James Sullivan and James Fraser will add plenty of power to Tatura’s line-up — but Daniels is not getting ahead of himself.

‘‘I think we had a good midfield this year with guys like (Mitch) Elliott, Marto (Sean Martin) and Civa (Andrew Ciavarella),’’ Daniels said.

‘‘Shanno (Matt Shannon) and Sully (Sullivan) will go through there now as well, and the great thing is that all of those guys and our recruits can kick goals.

‘‘That’s what we’ve needed, some smalls who can support big Brandyn Grenfell and Matt Ryan down there.

‘‘But even though we’ve added a lot of recruits we were still a fair way behind the top couple of teams this year.

‘‘We need to keep improving and make sure we gel, because it doesn’t matter how many blokes you bring in if you’re not playing good footy.’’

Tutt kicked 27 goals in his 40 games at the highest level, and racked up accolades across his time in the VFL and VAFA as well.

Tim Garlick (Tocumwal) was announced as another top line recruit, but has since taken his services elsewhere.

In other football news, former Congupna coach Tyson McKenzie has returned to the region and Mooroopna has swooped to secure his services for next season.

Murray Football League runner-up Barooga has re-signed James Hazelman as coach for next season.