Billy is set to be third generation Bulldog

October 24, 2017

The Cooper family will once again be at Tatura. Billy (right) will play for the Dogs' senior team, while Neil will act as an assistant coach to head coach Jamason Daniels.

Shepparton Swans have lost another senior player in the lead-up to next season.

After the departures of 2014 premiership stars BJ Squire (Congupna) and Andrew Riordan (Katandra), former Murray Bushranger Billy Cooper is heading to Tatura.

Cooper’s switch to the Goulburn Valley League rival was confirmed by the Bulldogs last week via their Facebook page.

Billy’s father Neil is also heading across to Tatura as a senior assistant coach to Jamason Daniels.

Their switch to the Dogs continues a proud tradition for the family at the club, with Neil’s father and Billy’s grandfather, Gary a GVL legend.

Gary Cooper is a three-time Morrison medallist, winning one at Tatura before taking out a further two while playing at Mooroopna.

In other GVL news, Shepparton and Seymour are still yet to announce their senior coaches for next season after finishing directly behind undefeated premier Kyabram this year.

The Bears are after a replacement for Brad Campbell, who has stepped down after four seasons in charge, while Brent Colbert has ended his time at Seymour after being at the club for 11 years.

Mooroopna has started rolling out some of its signings, with best-and-fairest winner Clint Riley staying at the Cats next season.

After announcing fellow Tasmanian midfielder Aaron French last week, Mooroopna is bringing back Jak McMillan and Andrew Gelsi from Rushworth.

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