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Brauman back to Banno

Jack Brauman has returned home to Bannockburn after a season with VFL club Werribee. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

BANNOCKBURN has further enhanced its GDFL premiership credentials with the return of star midfielder Jack Brauman after a season with VFL club Werribee.

The 23-year-old played five games with the Tigers, while also making 13 GFL senior appearances at Bell Park.

Brauman’s signing on top of the arrival of Tom Gillies from St Mary’s has rocketed Bannockburn into 2019 flag calculations.

Coach Peter Riccardi says the inside midfielder, who also considered remaining at Bell Park and spoke with Ovens and Murray club Yarrawonga, is a crucial addition as the Tigers look to improve on this year’s elimination final exit.

“His leadership qualities, his grunt around the footy, his work ethic and workrate, and he brings guys along with him.

“He’s the cherry on top for us with our recruiting.”

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Brauman won Bannockburn’s best-and-fairest in 2017 before earning an invite to do a pre-season with Werribee.

He impressed coach John Lamont enough to earn a spot on the Tigers’ list, making his debut in Round 2 against Casey Demons.

“The experience he is going to come back with is going to be invaluable for our younger players that are coming through,” Riccardi said.

“Just seeing his workrate is going to be a real coup for us.”

The return of Brauman also offsets the likely departure of fellow young gun Matt Tyquin, who has lodged a clearance to Central Highlands club Ballan.

It is also good news for the GDFL ahead of the highly-anticipated interleague clash with the Bellarine.

Riccardi has also confirmed the departure of Billy McIntosh and Kyle Rollo, who have joined Colac and District club Otway Districts, where former Bannockburn defender Zach Hickleton has been appointed as coach.

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