The man with the golden boot

When Dean MacDonald pulls on the boots for Yallourn-Yallourn North this weekend he’ll line up alongside a string of familiar faces.

The former Richmond player was part of Morwell’s back-to-back premiership side which won flags in 2013 and 2014.

In those games he played alongside Bombers coach Adam Bailey, along with Tom Hutton and Campbell MacInnes.

MacDonald said while it would be special to play another grand final alongside his old teammates, he was spurred on by his new ones.

“It’s also good to be able to achieve something with the players from the club who have been there 10 or 15 years who have been through the lows,” he said.

“It’s just as special with those guys as the blokes I know.”

In his first year with the Bombers MacDonald has lit up the scoreboard – booting a staggering 92 goals to emerge the league’s leading goal kicker for the season.

His nearest rival, Yarragon’s Damian Mann, kicked 45.

He credited the result to the efforts of his teammates in the midfield.

“It was just the delivery from the midfield really – boys like Bails (Bailey), Tyler Brown and Barrie Burnett,” MacDonald said.

The 24 year-old played with Coburg in the VFL last season and said his move to Yallourn North came about after speaking to Bailey.

“We had a chat and discussed a few things and I had a look and I really liked it and I liked the lifestyle a bit better,” he said.

“He said the club was really good and just to come out and have a look before you think about it and from the first training session I was welcomed in and there was no doubt in my mind that this was the club.”

Going into Saturday’s game, MacDonald said he was feeling confident Bailey’s plans would allow the Bombers to emerge triumphant over the Bulldogs.

“You can’t not be confident with the structures he’s put in place and the way the boys are training and all the hard work we’ve put in,” he said.

“You’ve got to be confident going into the big days like that anyway.”