In a big coup for the Gundagai Rugby League Club, prolific try scorer and former South City Bull, Jack Lyons, has decided to join his brother Matt and become a Tiger for season 2020.
Gundagai Tigers Secretary, Martin Hay, was over the moon to have signed one of the most devastating attacking players in the region; stating that he is not only a fantastic player, but a very good bloke.
“As a club, we are ecstatic about signing a player of the calibre of Jack Lyons,” said Hay.
“He is a country representative player, with incredible speed and great football instincts, and I think he will fit straight into the playing group.”
The signing of Lyons has come after the representative player took a liking to the culture at the successful club, something he got a feel for when visiting Anzac Park to watch his brother Matt play.
While it was a big decision to leave the Bulls, Lyons said that he feels that it is the right move, and is looking forward to playing alongside his brother and under coach, Adam Perry.
“I am really happy to have signed for Gundagai for next year. They are a strong club, and it will be great to play alongside Matt,” said Lyons.
The news that the electrifying winger will call Anzac Park home next season will be met with huge interest from around Group 9, as it raises the possibility of a dynamic centre-winger pairing on the right side of the field between Jack and Matt, after the announcement that premiership winning player, Noa Fotu, is retiring from rugby league.
While nothing has been discussed in regards to which side of the field Lyons will play on, the presence of Jack Lyons in the Tigers backline opens a host of exciting opportunities for coach Perry; the former Canterbury Bulldog as pleased as Tigers officials about the recent signing.
“It’s great news for the club. Jack is quick and strong, and most importantly a very nice bloke. We are all excited about him coming to Gundagai,” said Perry.
The signing of Lyons is a shot in the arm for the 2018 premiers after the recent news that James Luff would play in Queanbeyan next year, and the announcements that Brock Dunn and Noa Fotu would retire.
It gives the Tigers an injection of speed and attacking flair that will potentially cause plenty of headaches for opposition defences.
A player like Lyons, who can turn the smallest opportunity into a try, will open up other opportunities for players in the Tigers back line, and make opposition kickers think twice before they send a kick his way.
There will be no shortage of points in the Gundagai side, with James Smart at the back, and the return of hard-running winger Dyaln Cole expected.
The Tigers have a pool of talent in the juniors that would be the envy of many clubs, and it will be interesting to see how many of those make the transition to regular first-grade football after getting a taste at various stages of the 2019