Tumut Blues player of the year and English halfback Jordan Anderson has re-signed with the Blues for 2019 and hopes to lead his newfound team into the finals.
Having played for the Shawcross Sharks in England and the Tumbarumba Greens, Anderson has found a new home at the Blues and is looking forward to his second year with the club.
Since moving to Australia in early 2016, Anderson first pulled on a Blues jersey at the start of this year and quickly found his feet starring in his opening games with the club.
After a disappointing finish narrowly missing out on finals Anderson says the team has come a long way and believes next year will be different.
“All the people around the club are really good to me and I just love it here really,” he said.
“Just a good bunch of lads we’ve got a really strong side and have a good chance of making finals next year.
“I definitely think we’ll make finals next year.”
Anderson played a big role in the Blues season scoring five tries and producing many more as the strong runner and powerful defender locked down his position in the team.
And it was his continued form all year which gave coach Dean Bristow no option but to sign him up for another season.
“He’s been huge for us, one of our best,” Bristow said.
“We definitely would have struggled a hell of a lot without him this year.
“It’s great to have him back on board and going around for another year.”
What the Englishman lacks in stature, he makes up for in determination defending well above his weight.
And it was an injury in 2015 which defined his character and cemented his reputation.
Anderson fractured two bones in his neck while playing in England three years ago, and despite the injury, Anderson played the full 80 minutes before later learning from doctors that even a sneeze could have left him paralyzed.
But more concerned with how long he would be on the sidelines, Jordan’s passion for the game is uncontested saying as long as he’s healthy he wants to be playing.
“Nothing would stop me, I can’t see myself ever not playing,” said Anderson.
“As long as I can run, pass and kick a ball I’m going to play to be honest.”
With one season already under his belt, Anderson is looking forward to learning the in’s and out’s of the team and further strengthening their combinations.
“I’m really happy, they’re a great bunch of lads, the teams come together really well,” he said.
“I’ll be here another year so I’ll have more combinations with different people in the team and they’ll understand me more.
“We’ll just be a year more experienced with each other which will be good.
“The culture of the club is strong as well.”
Previously donning a green jersey for Tumbarumba, Anderson feels right at home in blue and looking forward to next season despite admitting he is still finding his way around Tumut.
“I know how to get to the training ground and that’s it,” he said.
“I’m still figuring out my way around Tumut.
“But I’m glad that the Tumut fellas have given me a chance.”