Former Peel champ will give Bulls class

Mitchell WoodcockHarvey-Waroona Reporter

The Harvey Bulls have boosted their playing stock ahead of next season, signing former Peel Thunder captain Brendon Jones.

A two-time best and fairest winner with the Thunder, Jones comes to the side after playing for South Mandurah in the Peel Football League after finishing with Peel at the end of 2015.

The 30-year-old helped the PFL win its first Landmark Championship Division One title, putting in a best-on-ground performance in the grand final victory over the South West Football League.

Harvey Bulls coach Paul Fimmano said it was a “big bonus” to sign Jones, because the club had lost Reece Blechynden and co-captain Josh Krispyn had retired.

“We have lost Joshy (Krispn) and Blechy (Blechynden) so it is good to get Brendon,” he said.

“I know him well and he works close to Harvey.

“He came to me and asked me what I was doing coaching-wise next season and expressed his interest in playing.”

Fimmano said the club was in good shape, with former WAFL players Darren Rumble and Michael Genovese re-signing, as well as forward Darcy Boyle.

“He (Rumble) was a bit disappointed he did not get his body right last season,” Fimmano said.

“It’s a massive signing for us. The two years I have been involved we have tried to have our team sorted early.

“It is good because from our regular league side we have not lost a lot.”

Fimmano said the new salary cap put in place by the WA Country Football League would not hurt the club.

“I have already gone to some players and asked them to take a pay cut and they have said yes,” he said.

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