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Connections help Hawks

Brad Surkitt in action for Geelong Amateur. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

FOR as long as local football has been played, no saying has rung truer than “it’s not what you know, but who you know”.

And it’s proven the case with the recruiting of GDFL minor premier Inverleigh for the 2022 season, which has further strengthened a list that went unbeaten through this year.

Gun Geelong Amateur midfielder Brad Surkitt arrives at the Hawks having played alongside coach Adam Donohue at Ammos and GFL club Grovedale.

And Luke Wilson has crossed from North Geelong, with the star ruck playing at Anakie under current Inverleigh assistant coach Chris Moore.

He also shares a house with current Hawk and former Roo Kad McEwan-Walsh.

Surkitt arrives at Inverleigh fresh off selection in the BFL Coaches’ Team of the Year and will be a warm favourite for Ammos’ best-and-fairest.

“I saw him a couple of times during the year at Eastern Beach, so I just made a call to have a chat,” Donohue said.

“I’ve told him how much I’m enjoying it (at Inverleigh) and how good the boys are.

“It took him a while to make his mind up, but he seems pretty sold.”

Former North Geelong ruckman Luke Wilson. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

Wilson is a multiple GDFL Team of the Year member and interleague representative who also spent a year in the GFL with Lara in 2016

“We got a message saying he was interested in having a chat,” Donohue said. “Then, pretty much straight away, he was, “I want to come to Inverleigh. I think there’s a spot there, which if I play well, I’ll make you a better side.”

“He’s at that stage of his career where he’s desperate to play finals, and he’s seen us as a good fit.

“He’s looking forward to starting again at a new club and helping us trying to achieve what we want to achieve.”

Despite the addition of Surkitt and Wilson, Donohue has played down suggestions that it builds further expectation of Inverleigh snapping a premiership drought stretching back to 1992.

“Internally, we don’t think so,” he said. “Last year was hard because we didn’t know what Kad was going to do in the ruck.

“Then you get ‘Poodle’ (Wilson) in, and we don’t know what Poodle’s going to do and whether they fit in or not.

“Clearly, they’ve got really good reputations. But, internally, it just makes guys work harder.

“I don’t think we’ll feel the pressure. It’ll come from externally, maybe.

“It’s a hard question to answer.”

Inverleigh will commence pre-season training on November 17.

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