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Defender Glenn Campbell has returned to Ocean Grove. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

OCEAN Grove has confirmed the return of experienced defender Glenn Campbell among three signings announcements just three weeks out from its opening round clash with Torquay.

Campbell, who joined the Grubbers from Strathmore in 2018, had taken an assistant coaching role with Macedon for the unplayed 2020 season.

However, coach Pete Davey says when Campbell moved back to Ocean Grove, they were keen to talk to him.

“We were really keen to get a bit more experience down back,” he said.

“We’ve got some young key defenders, so he’s certainly going to help there.

“That’s been on the cards for a few months now.

“Even though we’ve just announced it, we’ve known internally that it was going to happen.”

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Also returning to Ray Menzies Oval is Jack Rawlings, who played the last of his 65 senior games, including the 2014 grand final – in 2015 before stints with GFL club Bell Park and with VAFA club Old Geelong.

“Jack’s name has always been in the recruitment meetings we’ve had over the last couple of years,” Davey said.

“Timing hadn’t been right for him; he’s done some travelling and played elsewhere.

“Then he contacted us about a month ago and said, “I want to get back involved. I like the direction that you’re taking and want to help out where I can”.

“We’re really excited about him coming back. We really think that’s a big show of his character that he wants to help the club thorough this transition period.”

The Grubbers have also been boosted by the addition of Bailey Cameron from Gippsland powerhouse Traralgon.

Cameron has 50 senior games to his name at the Maroons.

“He’s played full-back for the last three seasons, but we think we’re not too bad down back,” Davey said.

“We identified we needed another tall forward who could potentially go into the ruck.

“He’s a big lump of a kid who competes, and he’s really keen to do it for us.”

Ocean Grove has already had one practice match hitout, with their second on Saturday against Davey’s former club Bacchus Marsh.

The Grubbers will then take on Melton South before opening its 2021 with a trip to Torquay on Good Friday.

“Our practice matches have been – and will be – against really strong opposition,” Davey said.

“Our players are learning heaps as they’re going; they’ll learn a lot more this week.

“We’ve got them super fit, and we’re looking forward to Good Friday.”

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