Rams look to next generation

REGULAR finals contenders, Virginia, is likely to find itself in a major rebuild period after significant senior departures in the offseason.

The entire starting midfield from the Rams has moved on, including Ben Galic (ruck), best and fairest, Brad Hoepner, Tyson Panagiotou and Ben Russell.

Reliable utility, Matthew Young, has moved to Queensland, while forward, Andrew Ross, has returned to the amateur league.

It’s always tough to counter the significant departure of your core A grade side but new coach, Damien Herzick, has signed up some guns to ease the pain.

“It is difficult with the points situation, we’ve got seven and Callum Hay is two, so we could only get two in,” he said.

Daniel Stanley comes across from the Adelaide Crows SANFL squad, after a previous under Herzick at Gawler Central.

Stanley will be a premium addition to the league, a free-moving midfielder with super skills, while joining him is veteran Clint Hill, also formerly of Gawler Central.

Hill is now a veteran but will be a vital experienced voice to the raft of youth Herzick will be introducing to A grade footy this year.

“We’ve had a lot of kids out at training, I’ve been impressed with them,” he said.

He is also no stranger to rebuilds, having taken Gawler Central from a similar situation a few years ago to league powerhouses.

Anton Pogas and Lewi Bannear should get a lot more game time this season, along with Christian Marrone.

Nik Seccafien will captain the side again and team up with Stanley around the ball, while Brendon Niklaus has been quality up forward for the past eight seasons or so.

Anthony Bascombe will probably play predominantly forward although he is capable at either end of the ground.

Herzick himself had his first break from footy in a playing and coaching career 25 years but feels refreshed and keen for the season to start.

“It just proved to me how much I loved footy,” he said.