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Collingwood are only one game into the season, but two of their new recruits already have coach Craig McRae excited about their potential impact this year.

On club debut, former Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell and ex-GWS livewire Bobby Hill were pivotal to the Magpies’ 22-point win over reigning premiers Geelong on Friday night.

Mitchell chimed in with 21 disposals (14 contested), 11 clearances and two goals while Hill took seven marks and kicked three majors.

“He looks like a real hungry young man looking to make his mark,” McRae said of Hill. “He lights us up.”

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 17: Tom Mitchell had a stellar Pies debut.Source: Getty Images


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And McRae was very pleased with Mitchell’s work at the coalface in the middle against the Cats.

“We get him in for a reason,” McRae said.

“His first possession is as good as anyone’s in the competition and we were lacking in that area.

“We need somebody to get in there and win clearances for us, it was a part of our game last year we needed to really get on top of.

“He’s going to make a lot of players better around him.”

Geelong might’ve finished on the wrong end of the result, but coach Chris Scott was confident Esava Ratugolea’s performance suggested he was set for a big year in defence.

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The former forward was one of the Cats’ best as he kept Collingwood’s Dan McStay very quiet.

“I thought he was outstanding,” Scott said.

“I place a really high value on those guys that can stand up behind the ball.

“I’m excited about what he can do … maybe we should’ve pulled the trigger on him (going) back a little bit earlier because he just looks like a back to me.”

New Cats Ollie Henry and Tanner Bruhn also produced plenty of cause for optimism for Scott.

“I keep reminding myself that he (Henry) and Tanner Bruhn are 20 and hopefully they’re going to play a lot of good footy for the Cats,” Scott said.

While McRae was happy with the result, he wasn’t getting too carried away.

“We’re under no illusion that it’s Round 1, we’ve got a long way to go, there’s no patterns of behaviours yet around anything,” he said.

And Scott wasn’t pressing the panic button yet, either.

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