NEWLY-appointed Mitta United coach Jackson Heagney-Steart has delivered on his promise to lure former talent back to the club.
After only being appointed late last month, Heagney-Steart has emerged with the prized signing of key forward Drew Cameron.
Former juniors Dan Hales and Joe Hodgkin also recently committed to the Blues for next season.
Cameron underwent a knee reconstruction in December last year but is expected to be fully fit by the time the season gets underway in April.
Heagney-Steart said it was a promising start to in the recruiting stakes after the Blues missed finals last year for the first time since 2015.
"It's fantastic news for the club," Heagney-Steart said.
"I'm keen to get as many former players back as we can and it's a promising start.
"Drew is coming off a knee reconstruction but as it turns out he didn't miss out on playing any football after COVID-19 ruined the season.
"He is a proven performer in the Tallangatta league and will provide that focal point in attack and is more than capable of kicking 80 plus goals.
"Drew has been an immense help to me already and we have built up a fantastic relationship."
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Hales is a previous best and fairest winner with the Blues and played in their 2012 flag triumph.
Predominantly a defender, Hales also has the ability to pinch hit in the midfield.
Hales has most recently played for Federal where he was a best and fairest winner and premiership player.
Hodgkin emerged through the club's junior ranks to play in the Blues' most recent grand final in 2016 which they lost to Thurgoona.
He then crossed to North Albury and managed to play a handful of senior matches at Bunton Park.
Similar to Hales, Hodgkin plays mainly in defence but will also add further depth to the midfield rotations.
Heagney-Steart said the duo would provide the Blues with both depth and versatility.
"Both Dan and Joe are Mitta boys at heart," he said.
"It's only early but I can see them both playing off half-back and rotating through the midfield if required.
"Joe is coming back from the higher standard of Ovens and Murray and I expect he will be better for the experience."
Heagney-Steart said he was hopeful of landing further recruits before pre-season training commences.
"As every coach will tell you, recruiting is hard work," he said.
"But it's exciting when you are able to land a few.
"With the restrictions in Victoria we haven't really set a date for when we will start the pre-season.
"But there are guidelines to follow when we start training that you have to be mindful of."