Coleambally have gone north in a bid to prevent their season going south, securing two footballers from Darwin in time for Saturday’s season-opener against East Wagga-Kooringal at Gumly.
Charlie McAdam – the son of former St Kilda and Brisbane player Gilbert – is a speedy midfielder coming off a full season of 18 games with Southern Districts in the NT Premier League.
Now 26, McAdam was a talented junior who spent two seasons at North Albury in the Ovens and Murray League before going to VFL club Sandringham in 2013.
Cousin Aidan McAdam, 20, is a potential star on the rise. He kicked 51 goals in 10 games in the NT’s division two comp, and 16 goals in nine division one games.
The fly-in-fly-out footballers will arrive on Saturday and fly home Sunday. They won’t be available for every match but are tipped to make more than 10 appearances.
After the unexpected loss of Mitch Carroll and Simon Mackie, it’s a late boost for new Blues coach Michael Griffiths.
“One’s a midfielder and one’s a forward, he’s a bit younger, and we are trying to get more run,” Griffiths said.
“We’ll be in and under but I think we’ll be able to move the ball a bit quicker as well.”
The Blues had a recent recruiting setback when they missed out on a potential Shepparton signing who lost his licence driving home after a visit to Coleambally.
They will be undermanned against the Hawks with departures, retirements and Todd Clarke, Brandon Mathews and Josh Hamilton serving suspensions from the grand final.
“We’ll try and be a bit more disciplined that’s for sure,” Griffiths said. “The run-on effects aren’t worth the punches in footy.”