Sut­ton takes top job at Tocumwal

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Dennis Sut­ton will serve as the Tocumwal Foot­ball and Net­ball Club pres­i­dent for the 2019 Pi­cola & Dis­trict League sea­son.

Although not of­fi­cial un­til the next com­mit­tee meet­ing, it was an­nounced Sut­ton would take over from out­go­ing pres­i­dent Mal­colm Hart on Satur­day.

It was pre­vi­ously an­nounced Sut­ton would be se­niors co-coach with David Bate, with a de­ci­sion yet to be made if the club will elect a new co-coach or if Bate will coach solo.

Sut­ton said he’ll be keep­ing with the new phi­los­o­phy of fo­cus­ing on the fu­ture of the club with the main aim to build on the club cul­ture.

‘‘We want the ju­niors to stay at their lo­cal club as they de­velop rather than leav­ing for other clubs,’’ he said.

‘‘I want to bring the club in a di­rec­tion where we can be pas­sion­ate about the his­tory and fu­ture of the ju­nior play­ers com­ing through.

‘‘All play­ers should feel Toc. is a good place and has strong lead­er­ship.’’

It’s been a busy cou­ple of weeks for the Bloods, sign­ing three more new re­cruits — Tim Ark­lay, Glenn Bray­bon and Matthew Os­born.

Util­ity Ark­lay played with Ban­nock­burn in the Gee­long & Dis­trict Foot­ball Club af­ter mov­ing to Tocumwal to work.

Os­born and Bray­bon are both for­mer Fin­ley play­ers with Bray­bon even cap­tain­ing the se­nior side at one stage, while Os­born played with the Cats in a thirds pre­mier­ship.

The trio join fel­low signees Alex Saraikin, Rob­bie Her­mann and Dion Met­zner on Tocumwal’s se­nior play­ing list.

Sut­ton said much of the sign­ings have come from the be­hind the scenes work of Bate.

‘‘David has been the mas­ter­mind talk­ing to play­ers,’’ he said.

‘‘Many of them are lo­cals or have moved to Tocumwal and we’re get­ting them back into foot­ball.

‘‘It’s ex­tremely pleas­ing to see us not only fo­cus on our ju­niors but also iden­tify these new sign­ings are just what the club needs at this time.’’

Sut­ton said more sign­ings are ex­pected in the fu­ture, as Bate is close to get­ting more pen to pa­per.

Tocumwal Foot­ball Club will be host­ing a meet and greet with the coach and pres­i­dent at the clu­b­rooms on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14.

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