Pies’ big names all on board for 2018

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From page 28 ‘‘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 on­baller 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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