With a new look committee finally locked in place the Tumut Blues have started the 2019 recruitment drive and already have some acclaimed targets in their sights.
Looking to build from a successful 2018 group 9 campaign, the Blues are yet to finalize any deals with new or former players, but hope to have the recruitment drive finished in the coming weeks.
After going back to their roots last year and penning a team based almost exclusively with local players, Blues co-coach Dean Bristow has been in talks with experienced first graders from other competitions to inject some new names into the squad.
“We know we need to get a few more players than what we had last year,” Bristow said.
“We’ve been speaking to a few players and hopefully can add a couple more into the team and keep everyone from last year.”
While remaining tight lipped about the specifics of the players in the committee’s mind, Bristow says the players will be great additions to the squad and will boast a high Rugby league pedigree.
“They’ve played in some good competitions and are very well renowned and would be great signings for us,” he said.
“We don’t really need to improve on too much, we’ve got a wide variety at the moment but we’re trying to add a little bit more depth and experience to help us older boys out there to nurture the younger ones coming through.”
With a strong focus on building a team around locals, three of the players in the Blues sights are former Tumut locals and have played a handful of games for the Blues between them before moving onto greener pastures elsewhere.
Also on the Blues wish list is an improved forward pack to match the size and skill of some of the other teams in the competition and Bristow says they have some targets in mind.
“There are a few locals who have moved away and we are trying to entice them to come back to the blues,” Bristow said.
“And there is another couple that have played in other competitions that we’re speaking to at the moment also.
“We just wanted to go after these local boys.
“The other couple we’re speaking to are forwards.”
After confirming Adam Pearce will join Bristow as joint coaches of the Blues once again in August, the reshuffling of the Blues committee prevented them from taking earlier steps towards recruitment.
But the wheels are now in motion to get last seasons squad resigned and back together for next season, alongside some valuable new additions to bring the Blues into the 2019 season and hopefully into finals contention.
“Its definitely our plan in the next couple of weeks to sit down with last years players,” Bristow said.
“They’re all keen to get back on board.
“Hopefully we can get this all finalized in the next couple of weeks and that will be our recruitment done and we can solely focus on our preparation going forward.”