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Hutchy boost for Devils

Corio recruit Blake Hutchinson in action for Inverleigh. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

GDFL battler Corio has made an important addition to its squad with former Inverleigh star Blake Hutchinson arriving at Viva Energy Oval.

The midfielder was set to join fellow former Hawks Simon Seddon and Jak Kennedy Hunt at Central Highlands league club Ballan.

However, with that deal falling through, the Devils have been the beneficiary.

“Having someone of Blake’s quality as one of the best midfielders in the GDFL is really important for our group,” Corio coach Darren Bennet said.

“With his training so far and last week’s first practice match, he’s stood out and show his leadership as well as his football capabilities.”

Hutchinson has previously played with the Devils, appearing on four occasions in 2013 before heading out to Inverleigh with Mark McDowell.

He played in 85 games and kicked 82 goals for the Hawks.

“A friend of Blake’s plays at the footy club and he said that was Blake was interested in looking at a Geelong club,” Bennett said.

“Straight away I contacted Blake, and things progressed slowly from there.

“This group needs guys to follow, and having Jase Bourke in the forward line, who’s really stood up as a leader, and now having Blake is really good for that young midfield group.”

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However, the arrival of Hutchinson has been tempered by news returning young gun Michael Cadman requires another knee reconstruction after going in last week’s practice match against Laverton.

Cadman, who was set to captain the Devils after playing 10 GFL senior games with Geelong West in 2017, missed all of last year after wrecking the same knee during pre-season at the Giants.

“He’s ruptured his ACL completely, his torn his meniscus, and there’s also some bone damage in there, so it’s quite a horrific injury,” Bennett said.

“It happened just after half time. He was only going to play three quarters.

“It was a bit shattering, and it took me a little bit to refocus and get on with what we had to do.

“He’s a kid who does all the right things, which makes it even harder.

“He does all the rehab, he goes to the gym, he looks after his body really well, and to have this blow for him again is pretty tough to take.”

Corio meets GDFL rivals Bell Post Hill in a practice match on Saturday ahead of its Round 1 meeting with Thomson on April 6.

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