Bulls welcome new blood to coaching ranks

Vice President Chris Pianelli welcomed new coach Darcy Kelly to the Tumut Bulls family at Jarrah Oval on Tuesday night.

The Tumut Bulls have added a fresh face to their coaching ranks, with Darcy Kelly recently named the club’s second grade coach.

The 32-year-old, who is only new to town after moving here in August of last year, brings with him a lot of playing experience and a passion for rugby. 

“I am looking forward to getting a low-down on the club and to start learning from JR (Ray Wells),” Kelly said. 

“He is a genuinely good bloke and I look forward to working with him and learning along the way.”

Kelly, who played juniors in Yass before moving to Canberra, spent most of his senior playing career with the Campbelltown Harlequins, and now he is looking forward to getting involved with the Red and Blacks in 2022.

“I played a little bit of grade in Sydney,” Kelly said. 

“I started with the Yass Rams, and came up through them, then played a bit for the Vikings in Canberra, then I went up to the Campbelltown Harlequins and played Colts and first-grade.

“I was pretty into my rugby except for the last couple of years and I’m really looking forward to getting back involved.”

As far as playing rugby goes, Kelly wasn’t sure if he would pull on the boots in a full-time capacity, although he did envision playing at some point.

“Who knows, we will see how the body feels.” Kelly replied when asked if he would play for the Bulls this season.  

“I might have a bit of a run here and there but with me being a subby, I don’t know if the body can handle it.

“The idea was that I was going to have a bit of a run, but I got thinking about my family and work, and I didn’t want to commit to a role in the team and then not be able to play.

“So, I thought I would like to go down and coach a 16s, 17s or 18s team and do something there or see where this goes and what other opportunities it brings coaching with the Bulls.”

Kelly turned up to Tumut’s first preseason session at Jarrah Oval on Tuesday night, and with his club-first attitude noted, the new Bull should be a good fit with the club.

“Seeing as though I moved down to Tumut, I wanted to make it my home, and the best way I see it, especially in a footy minded community, is to get involved in footy,” Kelly said. 

“The other thing is; I am passionate about my footy and I love my union and I have heard that Tumut have had a bit of a slump, and I thought I could bring some passion to the club and help where I can.”