Holbrook has lured Lavington premiership player Brad Carman back to the club.
The young defender's last match was for the Panthers in their upset grand final victory over Wangaratta in 2019.
Carman relocated to Wollongong last year after his partner gained employment in the city.
The Brookers, who are touted as the biggest threat to raging premiership favourite Osborne, are leaving no stone unturned as they try to win their first flag since 2004.
Carman said he had no hesitation in committing to the nine-hour round trip each weekend.
He is likely to play his first match against Lockhart on Saturday.
"I guess the travel is a big commitment but I love playing football at Holbrook," Carman said.
"The boys have started the season in impressive fashion and I'm just looking forward to playing again.
"It's probably fair to say that Holbrook hasn't been in this sort of position for quite a while which is obviously exciting.
"I haven't played since the end of 2019, mainly because of work commitments.
"But I'm busting to have a game and hopefully can play my role for the side."
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Carman's older brother, Luke, plays centre half-back for the Brookers.
He is unsure what role coach Matt Sharp has in mind for him after predominantly playing as a back-pocket in Lavington's flag.
"I haven't had that discussion with 'Sharpie' yet," he said.
"I'm not too fussed where I play and am happy to play wherever best suits the side.
"I want to play six or seven matches and then finals.
"I plan to get to Holbrook at lunchtime on Thursday's so I can train that night and I work with dad the following day and play on Saturday.
"I've been doing a bit of running and going for a kick of the football but it's not the same as training."
The Brookers sit second with a 7-1 record.
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