Cloke swoops in - Former AFL player signs with Hawks

June 13, 2018

Cok-ing device: Former AFL player Cameron Cloke is now a Barooga Hawk.

Former AFL journeyman Cameron Cloke has signed with Barooga for the rest of the season.

The Murray Football League ladder-leader has put in a clearance for the towering forward and Hawks co-coach James Hazelman was confident there would be no issues in getting it approved.

‘‘From our end, it’s all good to go,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘I don’t think we’ll have any dramas with the clearance.’’

Cloke has been plying his trade with Hurstbridge in the Northern Football League, but has taken the opportunity to step back to country football after Trevor Little stood down as coach of the Bridges mid-season.

‘‘It was just through a mutual friend,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘He approached us through one of our assistant coaches and it all happened pretty quickly.

‘‘He’s been keen to come up this way and we haven’t gone after him, the opportunity just arose and we’re happy to have him.’’

‘‘It will be great to have someone of his skill and experience around the group.

‘‘It has come about pretty quickly since the start of the week, but it will be great to have someone like him around for the rest of the year.

‘‘Looking long-term, hopefully he’s around for two or three years. We don’t want him to be just a quick fix.’’

The Cloke name is synonymous with Collingwood. Cameron, 33, played 21 games for the Pies before being delisted at the end of the 2006 season.

He went on to play 36 games at Carlton and one for Port Adelaide, booting 36 majors in his 58-game career.

He has since enjoyed more time in the forward line, including kicking 127 goals in 19 games for Jacana last season.

The Hawks have struggled to consistently put big totals on the board this year and rank fifth in the competition for points scored, despite sitting on top of the table with eight straight wins.

Cloke’s addition up forward could be just what they need to take their game to the next level.

‘‘He’s obviously a big body and a commanding presence on the field,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘We’ve obviously had a few injuries in the last few weeks, but we’re hoping for a bit of stability now for the rest of the season.’’

Cloke’s brother Travis has also appeared for Hurstbridge this season, but the Hawks will not be chasing his signature.

‘‘We’re happy just to have Cameron on board and we’ve had no contact with Travis,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘It is good for our group and club in the position we’re in to have Cameron join us, and (getting Travis as well) hasn’t even crossed our minds, to be honest.’’

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