Haynes says Ben will add polish
By Andrew Brasier
MONTMORENCY coach Ben Haynes believes the recruitment of former Collingwood and Melbourne player Ben Kennedy (pictured below on the left with skipper Jesse Donaldson) will give the club a huge boost in its bid to play finals in 2018.
Haynes said the small forward will add "grunt and polish'' to a midfield that already boasts Luke Collins, Ben Fennell, Ben Walton and Jesse Donaldson.
The Magpies' chief said Mont was able to attract the livewire footballer because of his friendship with defender Josh "Stingray'' Slattery.
"Ben knew Josh through mutual friends and has settled in (at Mont) really well,'' Haynes said. "We expect big things from him next year.''
The Mont coach added that the recruitment of South Morang pair Jake Potter (pictured bottom right with Ben Walton) and Jordan Steele was further good news for the ambitious Magpies.
"Jordan Steele will add outside run,'' Haynes said. "He covers the ground well and uses the ball extremely well. He is an exciting ball user. (Defender) Jake Potter will play a key backline role. He has good height and strength and has the ability to take an intercept mark. He has not put a foot wrong all pre season.'' Another Mont recruit Danko Bzenic should improve the club's forward-line stocks. Haynes said the West Coburg/Richmond (VFL) forward will provide class and support Mont best and fairest winner Paddy Fitzgerald. More good news for Haynes has come with the appointment of Mont stalwart Jason McBean as senior forwards coach. And Rick LeGassick, the father of promising Mont on-baller Wyatt, has been appointed senior reserves coach. Rick will play a key role in helping former Mont junior players make the transition to senior footy. He has had many years involvement with various NFL clubs including Panton Hill and has had coaching experience with top-line junior club St Mary's.