The Tumut Blues have received another massive boost to their 2019 squad by signing former Queensland Cup player and USA Championship winner, Lachlan Bristow.
Younger brother of Blues co-coach Dean Bristow, Lachlan ticks a lot of boxes for the Blues squad adding a wealth of experience and skill whilst also keeping the Tumut bloodline within the squad alive.
Bristow played his junior football for the Tumut Blues and made a brief stint in first grade for Tumut in 2011 when he was just 18 years old, before moving elsewhere and expanding his rugby league CV.
The talented rake has been a target of the Blues for two years since setting their sights on signing locals rather than players from out of town.
The Bristow brothers have never had the chance to pull on a jersey in same the same team making the signing even more special for older brother Dean Bristow.
“We’ve never played footy together,” Bristow said.
“He was one of my main targets, I don’t know how many years I’ve got left in me so to have a year with my brother and hopefully even win the competition would be unreal.”
Lachlan is still over in the USA and was unable to comment on his return to his roots but when he arrives back in Tumut early next year, Bristow is excited to see what he will add to the team.
“He’s got a great deal of experience about him but he’s also a huge competitor and brings that out on the field,” Bristow said.
“He’s gone away and played with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls which are a pretty recognised club in Rugby League circles.
“To come through the ranks in only a couple years with them and play a few games in the QLD Cup, that sort of speaks for itself.”
Lachlan also recently helped guide the Jacksonville Axeman to victory in the USA Championships in August crossing over for five tries in the grand final and playing a large role in their rise to the top.
But despite the lure of his former club and playing alongside his brother, it wasn’t as easy as Bristow had hoped to convince him to re-join the Blues.
“I had to play a few brother cards to get him across,” Bristow said.
“I think he was in two minds about what he wanted to do but eventually he came to his senses and jumped on board.
“We spoke about it (signing Lachlan) a little bit last year when we went away from recruiting abroad and entice as many of our local juniors back as possible.
“And with him being a local junior he was definitely one of our big targets.”
Playing alongside Lachlan for Jaxonville in the USA was another Tumut Junior, Jed Pearce, who would be the final piece to the puzzle according to Bristow.
Already recruiting Cootamundra brothers Tom and Ben Warner earlier this month, Jed, brother of Blues co-coach Adam Pearce, would cap off a much-improved squad and set up an exciting year ahead for the Blues.
With plenty of time before pre-season rolls around, Bristow says the Blues are in a great position with almost all the recruitment finalized setting up a promising outlook on next season.
“To nearly have our recruitment all sown up and it’s only early November we’re definitely in a great spot,” he said.
“This time last year Adam and myself weren’t even signed on as coaches let along any players.
“In terms of where we are this year and the base we’ve put down and everyone that’s keen to jump back on board, it definitely makes for a very exciting time next year.”