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Beardsell boost for Hawks

St Albans forward Billy Beardsell has joined Drysdale. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

DRYSDALE is making an early play for the most potent forward line in the BFL in 2022 following the signing of Billy Beardsell from GFL club St Albans.

Beardsell, who won the GFL’s Rookie of the Year award in 2015, joins the Hawks after 69 games and 95 goals with the Supersaints.

Co-coach Ben Carmichael says Beardsell had been on Drysdale’s radar for a couple of years.

“He’s one we identified that could really bring something different to our list,” Carmichael said.

“We really need that sharp small forward that can really kick goals and go through the midfield.

“We’re really happy to have someone of Billy’s calibre on board.”

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Beardsell’s addition comes just days after Drysdale confirmed power forward Jarrod Garth will play on next year.

Garth, who turns 36 in January, missed the 2021 season after suffering a serious knee injury at pre-season training in February.

With the arrival of Beardselll and the return of Garth to a forward line already containing James Breust and Mat Hebbard, who kicked 78 goals between them this year, there will be no shortage of firepower at Carmichael and co-coach Tom Ruggles’ disposal.

“It’s a pretty formidable forward line, and it gives Breusty the opportunity to go through the midfield a lot more,” Carmichael said.

“We’re not sure how it’s going to shape up structurally, but we’re pretty excited with the prospect of them playing together.

“We think we can shape up pretty well, and Tom will go down there as well.”

“We think we can kick some pretty good scores.”

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Carmichael says they won’t rush Garth’s return.

“We’ll take our time with him,” Carmichael said. “He’s in his mid-30s, and it’s a serious knee injury.

“He thinks he’ll be ready for Round 1, which is really good. But, if not, it’s no stress.

“We’ll take our time with it and make sure he’s right, so when he comes back, he’s confident, and he’s playing good footy.”

Drysdale has also announced the re-signing of veteran half-back Chris Lynch.

However, experienced trio Shane Murdoch, Josh Eddy and Damien Hoare are unlikely to go on in 2022.

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