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Best blow for Hawks

Michael Best in action for Inverleigh in this year’s elimination final win over East Geelong. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

INVERLEIGH will be without one of the stars of the GDFL in 2020, with Michael Best returning to Melbourne.

Best, who joined the Hawks from Eastern league club Rowville ahead of the 2017 season, played 53 games, including the 2017 and 2018 grand final losses, and kicked 50 goals for the Hawks.

He polled 22 votes to finish in a share of third place in this year’s Whitley Medal, three votes behind winner Reece Holwell, while also earning his third consecutive Team of the Year selection.

Best is set to join Southern league club Doveton.

“I’m being biased, but as his best, he’s probably the best player in the comp,” coach Adam Donohue said of the regular interleague representative.

“It’s going to be hard to fill his boots, but I just think we need guys stepping up rather than finding one or two players to cover him.

“You need more of a team effort.”

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Inverleigh, which suffered a heartbreaking after-the-siren semi-final loss to Werribee Centrals, has been quiet on the recruiting front.

“We’ve got two or three guys committed to training, but they don’t want to jump on board just yet,” Donohue said.

“They want to see what Inverleigh’s like and see what the structure’s like.

“Hopefully when they get to training they realise how good of a club it is and they jump on board straight away.”

Donohue confirmed he’s on the lookout for another off-field assistant coach with Jamie Templeton set to scale back his commitment in 2020.

“He’s a police officer in Melbourne, so he’s struggled to get down here as much as he wanted to,” Donohue said.

“He’ll probably take more of a back seat, so we’re looking for someone to help out Dion Miles.”

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The second-year coach is also keen to add a playing assistant coach.

“Ever since I got to the club, I said I wanted a playing assistant to help me out on-field,” Donohue said.

“Justin Baxter, with his work, doesn’t know how he’s going to be able to go training-wise.

“Hopefully, we get a good player out of it.”

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