Pies’ big names all on board for 2018

September 16, 2017

Rhys Archard, Jade Pumpa, Luke Dunham, Tyler Jones, Mark Lloyd, Jake Hare, Jordan Ives, Ben Welch and Luke Eldridge. Photo by Luke Hemer.

‘‘As part of his development he will be also taking on an assistant coaching role under Mark Lloyd in 2018.’’

Grubb said the club had also been given indication from the majority of its younger players, such as Liam Ritchie, Noah Wheeler and Cooper Barber, they will be sticking around with plenty of youth coming through.

‘‘The club itself is in a great position at the moment in terms of playing numbers in both juniors and seniors,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re even looking at putting in an under 16s side next year.

‘‘With the recent redevelopment funding it should make the Moama Recreation Reserve a real community hub for various sporting groups; and it’s fantastic for us as a club as we can offer our players access to even better facilities.’’

With the same coach, a similar list and promised redevelopments in 2018, the club was going from strength to strength.

It was in the process of recruiting for next season, having identified the need for ‘‘tall timber’’ to match the top Murray league sides.

‘‘We are actively looking for a tall forward and a ruckman,’’ Grubb said.

‘‘We also need another good on-baller to take some of the pressure off other guys like Rhys Archard.’’

On the field there were still areas to build on according to coach Mark Lloyd who recommitted for another season.

‘‘It was pretty straight forward in the end (re-signing),’’ he said.

‘‘I spoke with the club and they were happy to have me go around again.’’

He said the next step was maintaining the majority of their current list.

‘‘It’s been a transition year, but now we can start to build on the game plans and structures we have put into place and add layers to those.

‘‘We always knew it would take a little while to adjust, especially after coming into the role pretty late in the (2016) season.

‘‘But we’re starting to see everything we have been working on all year and pre-season finally coming together at a pretty exciting time of the year for us.

‘‘There’s enough super talented young guys and experienced players sticking around, it’s just a matter of topping up the list with a few key position players.’’

Jones hoped his role as assistant coach would help to develop the younger players coming through, wanting to put his words into action.

‘‘(Coaching) has been something I’ve been thinking about for a while, over the last 12 months or so especially,’’ he said.

‘‘I like leading from the front, and as an assistant coach I can bring a lot in the form of on-field leadership.

‘‘I’ll be looking to give some good direction to the younger guys and be a role model for the ones coming through.’’

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