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Eagles snare a prized recruit

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October 18, 2016

Guy Campbell (left) welcomes Lance Oswald to Echuca United Football Club.

Guy Campbell promised results at Echuca United and already he’s brought new blood to the club — or should it be Bloods.

The football club signed its biggest player since Campbell came into the role at the end of season 2016 — and he happens to hold a club best and fairest at West Adelaide in the South Australia National Football League.

Former Echuca footballer Lance Oswald joined the senior list on Friday and intends to move back to Echuca to begin training with the side.

United continues to have minimal travelling players, which Campbell sees as a strength for the club.

And the star midfielder is only the start, with the Eagles still on the hunt for more big name recruits.

Oswald easily won the Bloods’ best and fairest in 2006, before leading South Australia to play for Yarrawonga in Ovens and Murray Football League in 2007.

He was an Ovens and Murray inter-league player and was close to winning a league best and fairest.

He moved to play for Southport Sharks in Queensland AFL in 2009 before returning to regional Victoria to continue his country football career.

His mother and partner live in Echuca so the decision to play for a club in the area wasn’t a difficult one.

Above his ability on the football field, Campbell hoped Oswald would bring as much off field.

‘‘We wanted to go above and beyond just a good footballer,’’ he said.

Campbell said it was important to maintain the culture already set up at United by adding to it in the best way possible — and Oswald was the perfect example.

‘‘His experience and knowledge of the game will go a long way in developing the youth we want to bring through,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s a natural leader and among one of the greatest onballers in the league.

‘‘It’s great to be in a position to secure a bloke of his calibre.’’

Campbell said there’s still phone calls to be made in terms of recruitment with a strong emphasis on signing more home-grown talent.

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