Tom Hawkins is backing a recruitment campaign for the Cats.
Tom Hawkins is backing a recruitment campaign for the Cats.

Hawkins backs recruiting spree

KEY forward Tom Hawkins has backed Geelong to top up its list with ready-made players from opposition clubs.

The Cats have already been linked to Western Bulldogs premiership hero Luke Dahlhaus and Sydney speedster Gary Rohan, who would fill an obvious need inside-50 alongside Hawkins in 2019.

But the 2012 Carji Greeves medallist said while adding the two former Geelong Falcons would be welcomed by the playing group, it should not come at the expense of drafting in elite young talent.

"When you can bring elite players in that are from around the area, it is always a bit more appealing to go after those types of players," Hawkins said.

"They (Dahlhaus and Rohan) are both proven in their own right to an extent so for me with where I am at and where I think the list is at, (we have) some top end talent pushing towards the back end of their career so I think it is a good thing to try to bring people in.

"And they are still at an age where, with our list and where it is at, they are in their mid-to-late 20s and we don't have a lot of those players so it is always good to bring in players around that age.

"In saying that I still think we need to go to the draft and we need to look at young talent, like we have done, and we have had some really successful picks outside the top 25. So like we always do we back in out list managers and recruiters to build the right team round us.

"There is no need for drastic change but we certainly do need to look at what we are doing and make sure we are on the right track."

Geelong players gathered for their Wacky Wednesday breakup yesterday to reflect on a season that ultimately saw them knocked out in week one of the finals - a result that club president Colin Carter said was an underachievement.

Hawkins said both coaches and players knew they had to reassess how they approached things ahead of the 2019 season.

"It is really disappointing, that is the overriding feeling among the playing group at both levels and personally, and probably from a holistically point of view including our supporter base," he said.

"Every year there are 17 other clubs that say they are disappointed but it is clear that we need to get better and change in certain areas.

"In terms of what that exactly looks like, it is a bit hard to say at the moment, but certainly the club is already having these conversations and putting things in place. It is really clear that we need to get better."