Grafton captain Chris Jackson with new sponsors, Mark Knott and Craig Chad.
Grafton captain Chris Jackson with new sponsors, Mark Knott and Craig Chad.

Two new sponsors for Redmen

RUGBY UNION: The Grafton Redmen kicked off their campaign for the 2010 Far North Coast Rugby Premiership with the start of pre-season training on Tuesday night at Rugby Park, South Grafton.

Coach Brett Graham, reappointed to the helm after a rebuilding year in 2009, is enthusiastic about his side’s chances for an improved showing and is confident that the ‘blood and bandages’ will be very competitive.

“We’ve got most players back on deck again and have a few irons in the fire as well," Graham said.

“Last year we worked on a few things and took a while to develop a style that suits our personnel. We let ourselves down in a few key areas but were never all that far off the mark.

“If we can build on those foundations and improve in little areas, I think that we’ll surprise a few around the zone.

“We have plenty of depth too, with four grades and the under-19s we should be really strong again. There’s a good feel about the club at the moment.”

President Ray Collie confirmed that the Redmen will field sides in all four grades.

He also announced the signing of the Village Green Hotel and Bailey and Gough First National Real Estate as major sponsors for 2010, their help allowing the Club to plan with confidence.

Collie said lower grade coaches had been appointed, with Beau Brotherson back for Second Grade and former First Grade coach Steve Hackett taking the reins of the under-19s.

He also announced the appointment of Paul McLennan, former representative and first grade premiership-winning coach, as club coaching coordinator.

“His role will be to assist the coaching staff, not to take over their role, but to provide tactical and skill direction and to assist in the development of a playing style throughout the grades” Collie said.

“This is a big bonus because it will take some of the pressure of the coaches.”

The club’s first hit out is on March 13 against the Koolkhan White Ants invitational side.



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