The Tumut Blues have received a big boost for the future of their first-grade side with the re-acquisition of coaching duo, Dean Bristow and Adam Pearce for 2019.
Following a successful year only narrowly missing out on the finals, the pair has signed up for another year at the helm of their childhood club and have already started building towards next season.
Both Pearce and Bristow are Tumut locals and grew up playing for the Blues, carrying with them plenty of pride and passion for the jersey which they are instilling back into the club.
The signing is a big boost for the Blues who have been slowly rebuilding over the past couple of years after failed signings and extensions, which have seen them blood plenty of young local talent this year.
And it is the exciting prospect of training the town’s local talent that has Bristow most excited about signing up for another year.
“I’m keen to keep nurturing and developing these young blokes coming through,” he said.
“I think the clubs on the cusp of going on a great run so to be part of that is massive.
“Obviously this year had its challenges but it was probably one of my most enjoyable years playing footy.
“We’ve got a great group of blokes and set a pretty good foundation with what we did this year.
“We had a bit of inconsistency and bad luck there but things are looking good.”
The group nine competition has grown to become one of the premier country competitions in NSW, setting the Blues a tough task to match it with some of the bigger and more profitable clubs.
But the Blues are building a strong team chemistry starting from the top with the friendship between Peace and Bristow.
“Adam and I are best mates off the field, the way he’s helped me this year and the ideas that he has we make a good team,” Bristow said.
“We work off each other well and I wouldn’t be able to do it without him so definitely excited to go around again with him.
“It’s our hometown club, and I love the jersey and the way the blokes have responded to that and the way the blokes play for the jersey has been great.”
The Blues finished in sixth place this year after being just one point outside the finals coming into the last round.
Tough losses, injuries, and narrow defeats hampered their season which could have well been alive this weekend had the cards fallen in their favor.
But the young and upcoming side learned a lot in the top grade this year and will be better off for it next year.
And despite only just finishing their season, the pair has already started planning for next year and looking to add to their playing stocks.
“Hopefully bring in more players around us to help with our numbers and depth a bit and go from there,” Bristow said.
“We’ll get around all our local boys and make sure they are all keen and then from there, we’ll start looking abroad and see what happens.
“I’m sure all the young boys would have learned from this year and want to come back bigger and better next year.”