Whittlesea begin early in their pursuit for success.

The Nest may have a few new additions to its ranks next year if all goes to plan.

The Whittlesea Eagles have already begun to look to next year by scanning the football community for new recruits.

This early scouting comes as a result of the lack of depth in the Whittlesea reserves who have yet to record a win since the club was promoted to the Division One NFL competition in 2011.

Eagles coach Peter Bugden believes a star player who can bring some people with him is what is needed to add depth to the Eagles list lifting all teams up the ladder and into finals contention.

Former Carlton and Port Adelaide ruckman Cameron Cloke has proven simply too big for local defenders since he arrived at Bundoora in 2011. Picture courtesy of Mark Stewart

” We need to improve across the board and one proven player who can bring with them some players will be ideal,” he said

The introduction of AFL players into the Northern Football League has been prevalent in the last couple of years with former Essendon player Gary Moorcroft, known for taking what is arguably the mark of the century, and former Carlton and Port Adelaide ruckman Cameron Cloke winning the 2011 premiership with Bundoora last year.

Former AFL players currently in the NFL

Former Richmond forward Kayne Pettifer has had mixed form since signing with Montmorency at the start 2012.

  • Jess Sinclair (Heidelberg)
  • Josh Houlihan (Heidelberg)
  • Anthony Rocca (West Preston)
  • Simon Prestigiacomo (West Preston)
  • Cameron Cloke (Bundoora)
  • Gary Moorcroft (Bundoora)
  • Kayne Pettifer (Montmorency)
  • Ryan Jackson (Montmorency)
  • Billy Morrison (West Preston)


With a focus on ramping up sponsorship for the 2013 season, the Eagles are hopeful of having enough money to be able to recruit a player capable of taking the Eagles to the next level.

While the Eagles sit second bottom on the ladder in 2012, the team is predominantly homegrown with Andrew Fairchild, Rocky Collins and Chris Horman the only players in the senior team that haven’t played junior football with Whittlesea.

They sit two games clear of bottom-placed Lower Plenty and if they beat the out-of-form Greensborough at the Showgrounds this Saturday they will more than likely jump above Macleod – who play last years premiers – and Greensborough on the ladder.

While finals is but a distant dream for 2012, Pete Bugden is excited to see what a strong recruiting off-season could bring.

There are also talks of Brendan Fevola making a cameo appearance next season.

” If we find the right footballer, I can see us really pushing up the ladder and winning more games than we lose,” He said

“If big Fev doesn’t bring the crowds, nothing will.”

Get down to the Showgrounds this Saturday to watch the Eagle Fly.

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