The Tumut Eagles will be without Mitchell Henman in 2020 with the representative midfielder making tracks to the Tolland Wolves.
Having been an essential member of the Eagles and the Wagga City Wanderers in 2019, Henman leaves a massive hole for the Tumut Eagles to fill.
“I was asked at the end of last season by (Wagga) United and Tolland to make the move; I know probably six or seven of the boys who are at Tolland because of Wanderers, so that was a big part of it,” Henman said.
“I went over for a run with them and felt welcomed straight from the start, whereas with Tumut last year, I didn’t quite feel welcomed until half way through the season.”
Henman further elaborated on his decision to switch from Tumut to Tolland, highlighting some in-house concerns.
“I wanted to play this season with a good bunch of lads and Tolland have really cleaned up the club and made some big changes,” Henman said.
“When I went to Wanderers, no one (at Tumut) had any time for me because I was playing a better league and I got selected, then when I came back I never felt welcomed.”
Henman, who has thrived since making the step up to Wanderers representative football, believes the move to the Wagga club is in his best interest.
“Any smart player leaves Tumut and plays for a more competitive team,” he said.
“Tumut lacks committed players and that’s always been their problem.”
The talented footballer believes the Wolves are a big chance of making a play for the Pascoe Cup, especially after some new signings.
“On paper we’re looking unreal, as long as we put it together on the field, we’ll be looking at pushing for top two,” he said.
“It will be good to stir the comp right up, as long as it all comes together.”
Eagles president Matthew Lopez was disappointed to see Henman go but wished him the best, regardless of the fact that they would be direct opposition once the Football Wagga season commenced.
“It came as a bit of a shock but we wish him all the best,” Lopez said.
The departure of Henman only further compounds the Tumut Eagles losses for the upcoming Football Wagga season.
Key striker James Goode is off to university, leaving a lot of pressure on Rhys Creed.
Dylan Piper-Bye suffered an ACL injury at the end of last season and will only be available in a coaching capacity, while Brendon Castle and Angus Mason-Elliott are also out of the picture for 2020.
The Eagles will be calling on their younger players to step up, with the likes of Ethan Contessa, Jamie O’Brien and Myles Henman already boasting first grade experience.
Additionally, recent Tumut Eagles junior graduates Isaac Gray and Ethan Parker will have their opportunities after most recently playing under 15/16s in the Football Wagga junior competition.