One-half of the Tumut Blues premiership-winning coaching duo will be staying on board for 2020 with the announcement that Dean Bristow has agreed to terms with the club.
Dean Bristow will be joined by younger brother and John Hill medalist Lachlan Bristow, with Adam Pearce still undecided on what role he will have with Tumut going forward, if any at all.
Tumut were the final Group 9 team to name their coaching staff for next season and Blues president Bryan Black now expects this announcement will help with recruitment and retention.
“It hopefully brings some players into the club, as the first question any potential player wants answered is, who is the coach?” he said.
“We can now inform the current playing group and start signing them up for next season.”
Black believes the addition of Lachlan Bristow to the coaching ranks can only benefit the young Blues side in their quest to defend their Group 9 premiership.
“As for Hook (Lachlan Bristow), he will bring in some new ideas from the variety of teams and coaches he has been associated with,” he said.
The Blues president said both the Bristows had a similar vision for the club going forward, a vision which was predicated upon the club’s culture that has been built by Dean Bristow and Adam Pearce.
“The one thing they both said they want to do is continue building on the culture in the club that has been built by Adam and Dean over the last few years,” he said.
Black also acknowledged the dedication shown by Dean Bristow, who initially wanted to stand down as the Blues coach.
“Dean would have loved to just play and not coach, but didn’t want to leave the club in a situation where we were struggling to find coaches,” he said.
Luckily for the older Bristow brother, he will have the youthful exuberance of his talented brother, Lachlan.
The dynamic playmaker, who only returned to Tumut this year after a stint with the Jacksonville Axeman in America, explained how his foray into coaching was initiated.
“It was put to me by the club towards the end of the season; I took a while to decide but finally agreed on doing it,” he said.
When asked why he finally accepted the offer, the talented hooker explained he wanted the job to stay with a Tumut Blues junior.
“I Just wanted the best for the club I guess and keeping the role with local juniors is a good start,” he said.
When quizzed on the chance to coach with his brother, the three-try grand final hero thinks it makes sense and will work well for the Blues.
“I think we are a good fit, our footy brains are very similar and we are very comfortable with each other,” he said.
“We shouldn’t have a problem voicing our opinions to one another.”
Bristow will be aiming to bring something new to the Blues and will be relying on his years of rugby league experience playing in Canberra, Queensland and abroad.
“I can bring some fresh ideas and I guess try to replicate everything I’ve been taught over the years and pass that down through the grades,” he said.
Bristow isn’t worried about the current Blues exodus either, insisting they can build on last season and bring more players through the Tumut system.
“Our core group of young boys that came through the grades together, they can only grow in confidence from last year, so I’m hoping they have a really big preseason and cement themselves as dominant first grade players come 2020,” he said.
The Bristow brothers will now work with Black with recruitment and retention before setting their sights on pre-season training in January.