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McGuire’s tough call

Returning Drysdale star Mitch McGuire. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

MITCH McGuire says the chance to play a role in leading Drysdale out of the BFL wilderness was behind his decision to return home after two years with GFL club Leopold.

The 23-year-old was confirmed as the Hawks’ latest key addition for new co-coaches Daniel Jull and Luke Matthews on Monday, but not before he wrestled with his choice.

“It was pretty tough. I probably thought about it over two or three weeks,” McGuire said. “It was doing my head in for a few weeks because Leopold has been fantastic to me and they’re a club I’d call family.

“They’re really similar to Drysdale in that they have family values and I have some really close mates there as well at Leopold.

“In the end, it felt like I was choosing between mates, so it was a real tough call to make.

“But the attraction to come home became too much in the end.”

McGuire admitted when he met with the Hawks he wasn’t considering ending his stint at Leopold, which garnered a best-and-fairest in 2017.

“I came to meet with them the first time, and I said to them when I was coming up “I’ll be at Leopold next year”,” he said.

“I’ve got a good relationship with ‘Jully’, so I said, “I’ll come up and have a meeting with you”.

“And they threw a big spanner in the works … made me think about a few things.

“That one of the main reasons I’ve come back, to lead the club back to where it needs to be.

“It was tough watching the two years I wasn’t there and I always felt I could do something about it.”

McGuire was among a number of Drysdale products playing at a higher level, and he says he will play a role in trying to attract those one-pointers back to Mortimer Oval in coming years.

“When I spoke to ‘Jully’ and ‘Flybes’, one of the things they mentioned was they want to go after all juniors that are playing elsewhere,” he said.

“That, for me, spoke volumes about the club; they don’t want to get guys for one year, they want to build consistent success.

“I’ll be on the back of everyone next year trying to get them on board.”

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