Adam Pearce will captain the Tumut Blues in 2017, bringing plenty of experience to the role as the club looks to rebuild following a disastrous 2016 season in which they won just three games.
Pearce has spent the past five seasons playing for the Queanbeyan Roos in Canberra and returns to the fold in a bid to to turn the Blues’ fortunes around.
“I’m pretty honoured to be named captain this year,” Pearce said.
“I haven’t played here for about five years but played all my juniors here and plenty of first grade. It’s a pretty strong competition over in Canberra, a little quicker than Group 9, but I don’t think it’s as tough.”
Pearce says he brings plenty of experience to the role and is confident of a good season if the players are prepared to work hard.
“I think we’re on the right track, the things we’ve been doing at training are the right stuff, so as long as we keep getting numbers down here we should be right,” he said.
With round one fast approaching, the Blues have been getting anywhere from 20-30 players at training, and Pearce is hoping to see those numbers rise.
“They’ve been a bit low to start with, we’ve been getting different players each week, so if we get everyone here at once, we should have a solid group,” Pearce said.
Although he hasn’t played under 2008 premiership-winning coach Jared Teka, he has played against him and feels he is the man to get the club going again.
“He’s a good coach; I haven’t played under him before, but played against him over in Canberra and always thought he was a good coach, and he’s been going good with the boys at training.”
The Blues haven’t played finals football since 2011, under the coaching of Matt Richards and Scott Noughton, but Pearce believes a good start will bring the crowds back to Twickenham and the addition of some handy recruits in Mitch Ivill and James Curgenven will certainly help.
“We’re on the right track, we just need to win a few early games to get the supporters back,” he said.
“The new guys have been going well, they’ve looked alright in the Nines, so we’ll see how they go in the 13-a-side game in a few weeks,” he said.
The club has lured Ivill away from the Tumut Bulls and Pearce says his inclusion is great for the club.
“He’s scored a heap of tries at the Nines so he looks like he’s in good shape and it will be good to have him back.”
It’s not all doom and gloom around the club, and Pearce is hopeful of a prosperous 2017 season, and has set lofty goals for the club.
“There’s plenty of reason for optimism about 2017, we should play finals football, that’s what we’re aiming to do.”