The future is looking bright if you’re a Gippsland League fan or just a fan of local footy in general. Every off season includes clubs announcing their new additions for the upcoming season, building hope for the members, players and fans for what could be. The interest always peaks when high profile players are announced, generally players with elite level experience via the AFL or state league level experience from competitions like the VFL (Victorian Football League) or SANFL (South Australian National Football League). These signings have not just club members but fans of the sport in the region talking.
Gippsland League has been fortunate over the years to be a destination League for this calibre of player. Being an AFL Victoria Country premier competition, players have the opportunity to participate in a high level of competition while reaping the benefits of playing regionally. Coming into 2022 the marquee signings keep coming with Gippsland League clubs announcing several high-profile players that will be in action in Gippsland next year. Bairnsdale managed to secure former Port Adelaide and St Kilda player Logan Austin who will take on the clubs senior coaching role for 2022. Austin was drafted in 2014 to the Power and featured 20 times at AFL level during his 5 seasons. The Red Legs have been fortunate to have a number of quality players through the club in recent years with the likes of Brodie Holland, Damian Cupido & Nick Sing all featuring while Simon Deery is still starring in the navy and red.