TIMBOON Demons have lured young ruckman Zac Tesselaar to fill the void left by new Cobden signing Marcus “Barney” Hickey.
Tesselaar arrives at the Demons from Colac and District league club Simpson and is likely to shoulder the bulk of the ruck duties.
He is one of three confirmed signings for the club under new coach Brendan Hickey.
Brothers Dylan and Jacob Cahill are set to return to their home club — Dylan from South Warrnambool and Jacob from Illabarook.
Brendan Hickey said the Cahill brothers could play in a key position or run through the midfield while Tesselaar would provide much-needed height.
“We lost my younger brother Barney up to Cobden — he’s been our main ruckman for the last two years,” he said.
“There was an opening there for (Zac). He saw an opportunity to have a crack at it.”
Hickey said the Demons, who finished sixth last season, were unlikely to recruit heavily considering they had a low turnover of home-grown players.
He said the list would be slightly younger with the promotion of under 17 players Chris Vogels, Chris Dendle, Ben Saunders and Eddie Gaut.
“We’ve had 45 all up on the track. We’re happy with that,” he said. “We’re getting 25 to 30 each night. There’s a mixture of some under 17s and different guys in there.
“But we see some of those guys as definite chances at some stage to have a run with us.
“There are a couple there who played last year, two or three games each.”
Hickey said the popularity of Timboon-based cricket club Heytesbury Rebels had also helped the Demons maintain their list.
“If someone was half-thinking about going away somewhere else and they’re playing cricket there, as soon as the other boys find out they’re into him.”
The Demons are training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.