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Key Hawks commit

Lauchie Dalgleish has been appointed assistant coach of Drysdale. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DRYSDALE has locked away a key quartet for the next two years as it looks to challenge for its first BFL premiership in more than a decade.

Key forward Jarrod Garth, quality half back Chris Lynch, captain Mitch McGuire and former Essendon speedster Lauchie Dalgleish have all inked extended deals with the Hawks as part of mass re-signings at Mortimer Oval.

“We put that options to the players if they wanted to (sign for two years) without any pressure,” coach Luke Matthews said.

“To get Jarrod Garth, Chris Lynch, Mitch McGuire and Lauchie Dalgleish to commit for another two years is fantastic for our playing group and our club.

“It just shows the environment we’ve created, and these guys can see the direction we want to go.”

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Dalgleish, who played three AFL matches with the Bombers, has been promoted to an assistant coaching role alongside Ben Carmichael under Matthews.

“Dal did a bit of work this pre-season as a development coach with the younger guys, passing on his knowledge from his AFL and VFL experience,” Matthews said.

“Next year he’ll step up to a playing assistant role, which is really exciting for everyone.

“For me, it’s going to be great to get some great ideas from playing at a higher level.

“The playing group really love Dal, and he’s going to be fantastic for our younger guys as well.”

Drysdale, which hasn’t played finals since losing the 2013 grand final to Queenscliff, will have one gap to fill on its list.

Matthews confirmed ruckman Macklin Raine has returned to Melbourne after being recruited to the club prior to the cancelled 2020 season.

“It’s disappointing to see Macklin have to return to Melbourne, but that’s just the way it goes,” he said.

“We’ve still got Matt Pigott, who’s a developing ruckman and got a lot to learn; he’s a really hard worker.

“If we can get someone in to support him and also assist Ben Pavey, who’s a young kid that’s got lots and lots of ability, and ben an influential player for our club, it would be massive for our playing group.”

Matthews said he hadn’t given much thought to pre-season training. Instead, the second-year mentor has been more concerned about the welfare of his group as a result of the challenges of thrown up by COVID-19.

“I don’t want to waste too much energy worrying about, at this moment, trying to worry about pre-season because we don’t even know what’s going to happen in 3-4 weeks, let along a couple of months,” he said.

“We’ll let that play out, and our coaching group will get together by Zoom and phone calls and chat about pre-season further down the track.”

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