Jake Edwards will be back in Darley colours full-time in the Ballarat Football League season.
He is returning after two years as Geelong VFL captain.
Edwards is the second BFL best and fairest making his way back to Darley, joining Steve Kennedy.
Edwards won the Henderson Medal in 2013 and went on to play in the Devils’ first BFL premiership in 2015.
Coach Heath Scotland said the signing of Edwards completed the reigning premier’s recruiting.
“It’s all done.”
He said with a high retention rate Darley was satisfied with its three key signings.
Former Werribee VFL ruckman Dylan Reid has also been secured.
Scotland, who will be the Devils’ biggest on-field loss after announcing his playing days are over, said while Edwards had primarily played in defence with Geelong he would have the versatility to also go forward, depending on needs and match-ups.
Edwards will provide enormous experience as well as a physical presence.
He spent four years on Carlton’s list and played in a VFL premiership with Port Melbourne in 2011 before rejoining Darley in 2012.
Darley remained his home club while at Geelong, with him playing one game this season when he lined up on Melton South’s Brendan Fevola in a one-side affair at Darley.