TSL clubs may be in a state of ceasefire until the coronavirus outbreak subsides, but Launceston is still adding reinforcements to its ranks.
Two-time best and fairest winner Joe Groenewegen has returned to the club after spending the best part of four years interstate with the defence forces.
A premiership player in 2011, the 198cm ruckman last played for the Blues in 2016, a season which saw him bring up his 100th club game and win a second McAuley medal.
The 28-year-old kept some of his touch with the Nor-West Jets in the AFL Sydney competition during his time away, but said he was looking forward to pulling on a Blues guernsey once more.
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"I have always planned to return to Tasmania and play for Launceston again in the Tasmanian State League," Groenewegen said.
"I kept a close eye on the live stream games and result last year and it's clear the club is in an exciting position.
"I am looking forward to being part of the football club again and the environment that has been recently created."
The son of former Western Bulldog and UTAS Stadium manager Robert, Groenewegen has signed a two-year deal which could be enough to see him through to 150 games and life membership.
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"He hasn't played a lot of footy over the last few years so two seasons to start with, but we see him being part of the football club for the next four or five years," Thorp said.
"He's a ruckman and those guys tend to play for a little bit longer. We'll work through [his role] over the next few weeks and months - I daresay he'll play a bit in the ruck and a bit in front of the footy as a key forward."
Third last season, the Blues appear a real premiership threat should a TSL season get under way as expected.
Thorp said his side had implemented a clear plan for the lockdown period.
"It's a challenging time but we've been really clear that we want to come out the other side of this break in a better position than when we went into it, both on the field and off the field," Thorp said.
"Joe's the first piece of the puzzle that's officially committed and his return to Tassie was a no-brainer for him to come back to the footy club.
"With his height, his marking and athletic running power he'll be useful for us and he fits the age demographic of the players we've tried to recruit over the past six months.
"He's a big lump of a lad that covers the ground really well, so we're looking forward to getting him back into training with a partner for now and hopefully into some smaller groups over the next few weeks or months."