While some clubs have had battles to fill boards and retain players during the off-season, committee members from clubs at two of Group 11’s smallest towns are delighted with how things are running.
Narromine Jets secretary Mick Burns stated with pride his club will again enjoy a stable and familiar board in 2018 while some new sponsors are set to be involved.
The same goes for the Nyngan Tigers, a club which enjoyed a huge amount of success in the 2017 season.
Burns said the stability of his club is a real point of pride for the town and added he felt the Jets were only a couple of signings away from become a genuine finals contender next season.
“We’ve got the full committee and Archie Harding is president again. We’be got some new people in at junior vice president and treasurer,” he said.
“We’ve got a few new sponsors who have approached us so it’s all looking really positive in that way.”
The bulk of the team will be the same again next season, according to Burns, but a coach is still being hunted.
Parkes half Alex Prout has made contact with the Jets during the off-season but he reportedly also has an offer to coach is current side.
Nyngan is also searching for a new coach after Stewart Mills’ successful stint with the club and president Glen Neill said there’s no timeframe on naming a replacement.
“We’ve talked to a couple but nothing is set in stone,” Neill said, also refuting the rumours of Bathurst Panthers second-rower Jack Seijka having signed on at the Tigers.
Neill added some of the coaching candidates were others who applied last year before Mills, who led the side to second spot on the ladder, was given the job.
“We’ve virtually got the same committee all the way through and we have a great year last year financially and we’re in a great spot,” the president added.
The only concern for Nyngan at the moment is outside back Robert Gudgeon, who suffered a knee injury in the 2017 grand final loss to Dubbo CYMS.
Neill said the injury could be worse than first feared and he may face a knee reconstruction yet.