Drysdale will have not one but two Delaney brothers pulling on the brown and gold after unveiling Cam as its latest recruit.
The Hawks confirmed Tim was headed for Mortimer Oval on January 11
Now, he’ll be joined by Cam, who has spent the past seven seasons at Burdoo Reserve after a five-year AFL career with North Melbourne and Geelong that yielded six games with the Kangaroos.
At Grovedale, he kicked 135 goals in 89 games since returning ahead of the 2017 season.
Strong family links helped Drysdale secure the duo, with sister Alyce playing netball for the Hawks and Tim’s wife Sheridan, the daughter of club identity John Edsall.
“We’ve been chasing them for a few years now,” coach Ben Carmichael said.
“I think the time was right for them for a different challenge.”
The Delaneys will provide instant height at both ends of the ground for last year’s grand finalists.
Tim played most of his 135 senior games for Grovedale in defence, while Cam kicked 135 goals in 89 games since returning ahead of the 2017 season.
“Tim has been a serviceable backman in the GFL for many years, and Cam, as a key position, is going to be hard to stop.
“He’s played a high level of footy, and he’ll certainly straighten us up a little bit.”
The addition of the Delaney brothers follows the arrival of Andrew Crosbie from Newtown & Chilwell and former Geelong Falcon Flynn Chirgwin (St Mary’s).
Chirgwin is the son of 1985 premiership player Darren.
“To have Flynn come across, especially because he’s so young, and the connection with his old man, it’ll be great to have him down there and his dad as well,” Carmichael said.
Carmichael also confirmed Drysdale has spoken with Chrigwin’s brother Darcy, who is currently playing in the Northern Territory.
“He’s just weighing up what it looks like for him,” Carmichael said.
“He could be in Melbourne for university … he’s not quite sure.
“But, we’ve certainly been in contact and keeping a close eye on his footy up in the NT, and he’s going super well.
“We’ll find out more over the next couple of months.”
Drysdale hosts Essendon and District club Tullamarine in its first practice match on March 2 before back-to-back trips to Ballarat for matchups with East Point (March 16) and Redan (March 23).
The Hawks open their season with a trip to McCartney Oval for a meeting with grand final conqueror Torquay on Easter Saturday.
“Starting the season so early, we’ve got six weeks of training, and then we’re into the practice matches,” Carmichael said.
“We’ve got three really good hitouts, which is going to hold us in pretty good stead considering to start the season we’ve got Torquay, Barwon Heads, and Anglesea in the first three rounds.
“It’s going to get serious pretty quick.”