"The club is in a healthy position. We won two under 18 grand finals, were runner up in the seconds, and our under 14 and under 16 teams were in division one grand finals. That sometimes gets overlooked because a lot of time it is judged on the success of the senior group.
Gillies, 23, played 15 matches over five years in the AFL system between 2009 2013, before spending last year at Casey Scorpions in the VFL, and will fill a key defensive or forward post for the Saints.
Tenace, who played 59 AFL games in six years with Geelong before he was delisted at the Nike Metcon 1 Camo
"It is no secret that we were a young team last year, so we needed to get some bigger bodies around them."
But St Mary's secured the deal on Sunday night, with Tenace expected to arrive back in Geelong from South Australia with his partner before Christmas.
Tenace, 28, is returning to Geelong after a stint with SANFL club Glenelg, and will be joined at St Mary's by another former Cat, Tom Gillies, who signed late last month.
Former Cat Kane Tenace joins GFL club St Mary's
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"We're very happy to have added players like Tom and Kane, with their experience."
end of 2009, had also been courted by rival GFL club Nike Kyrie Grey Blue Lava Bell Park.
"He fits that bill of a six foot plus midfielder, who is strong and has that bit of polish," Hosking said.
His arrival will inject pace and strength in the Saints' midfield, which will also be boosted by the addition of Normington, who was one of Newtown's prime movers last year. Hosking admitted the Saints were "super excited" to have lured him across Nike Metcon New Colorway
momentum being built at Kardinia Park West under new coaches Bryce Vincent and Rob Condy, with the club growing increasingly optimistic about a return to finals footy in 2014.
"It is a bit early to predict anything, obviously, but that (a return to finals) is the sole purpose of what we are doing," St Mary's football manager Scott Hosking said yesterday.
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