The Tumut Eagles have welcomed a host of new changes as they enter the 2019 South West Soccer Association season.
The Eagles will have the luxury of three new additions to their squad with Rhys Creed, and brothers Mitchell Henman and Myles Henman joining for 2019.
Rhys Creed, who generally plays up front, has proven to be an exciting prospect for current Eagles striker James Goode.
“He will inject some real pace to our forward line and help open up oppositions more frequently,” he said.
“He is a proven finisher and will hopefully help put the polish on our performances this season.”
The addition of Mitchell Henman will help solidify the Eagle’s defensive midfield region this season and bring some much-needed experience to the young side. Henman is ready and rearing to wear the black and gold in 2019.
“I’m just excited to be getting back to my roots and playing for the club that I grew up with,” he said.
“The opportunity came up where I could still play in Tumut on a Sunday and play state-league footy with Wagga Wanderers on a Saturday.”
Henman’s affiliation with the Wagga Wanderers will only benefit the Eagles growth, as he should be able to offer some insight to a much stronger NPL 2 competition.
The club has also seen some major reshuffling with a new look committee ready to move the club forward.
Matt Casey has stood down as the long serving president and will be replaced by the first grade coach, Matthew Lopez.
The secretary role was relinquished by Brian Boyd and has since been taken up by first grade player, James Goode.
Matt Lopez was very appreciative of one of his younger players stepping up and taking on such an integral role.
“The club is very thankful to have James step up and take more responsibility by filling the vacant secretary role,” he said.
“He has just finished school and hopefully the role will prove to give James the valuable experience of being involved in a busy committee”.
Ethan Kass has been promoted to senior vice president as a result of Lopez moving to president.
Sandra Howell fills the junior vice president role with Duncan Watt stepping aside.
Doug Haley takes over from Melinda Harris as the club’s secretary, while Sonia Gogala will remain as the club’s registrar.
Lopez praised the outgoing committee for their previous efforts.
“We are so lucky to be taking over from such a great committee and appreciate their efforts up until this point,” Lopez said.
“We know that most of the outgoing committee members will still be involved in the club and some have already offered their support during the transition period.”
In the only hiccup for the Eagles 2019 preparations, the teams will be forced to play on the cricket pitch side of the Bull Paddock for the early stages of the season.
James Goode has been in recent talks with the Snowy Valleys Council over the early season change.
“I spoke with one of their representatives yesterday and they said they are on schedule for the works to be completed in early May,” he said.
“We will likely play our first four or five games on the cricket nets side before returning to our original position after the work is finished.”
The Eagles will play an inter-club trial this Saturday at 3pm with positions in the first grade team up for grabs.
Competition for key roles will be high with the aforementioned new recruits joining the squad, adding depth across both first and second grade.
The Eagles first round will kick-off on April 6 with third grade visiting the Gundagai Panthers. The following day will see the first grade and second grade sides travelling to Cootamundra to take on the Strikers.