Srama named Blues coach

Luke Srama has inked a deal for three years with the Tumut Blues.
Luke Srama has inked a deal for three years with the Tumut Blues.

The wait is over for Tumut Blues fans and players.

After an extensive advertising and recruitment process, the Tumut Blues Rugby League Football Club have come to terms with and appointed their Development Officer/Head Coach for 2016 and beyond.

Luke Srama, the older brother of Gold Coast Titans hooker Matt Srama, is the man that will lead the way for the Blues as they aim to march back up the Group Nine ladder.

Srama brings an impressive playing, coaching, recruitment and development background to the role from across Australia, the United States, England and France.

Srama’s appointment is a major component in the Tumut Blues club business plan, with the role of the club’s full time Development Officer being a first for not only the Blues, but for Country Rugby League.

Tumut Blues president Dan Roddy is excited about Srama’s appointment and the direction that the club is heading.

“He’s the whole package,” he said.

“He’s very experienced, everyone we spoke to where he has been previously spoke about him in glowing terms – the way he communicates with players, the skills he’s got around development, he’s very good with kids, he’s very good at getting his point across.”

“He has been very good for club culture.”

Srama plays as a hooker and is a powerful man for his size.

Standing just over 160cm tall, Srama’s tackling in defence, and speed from dummy half are noted as his strong attributes, and he leads by example out on the field.

His CV is impressive, having captained the Phillipines to an International Nine’s Bowl win and an Asian Cup title, played in the Queensland Cup with the Mackay Cutters, won premierships with Griffith University (2005) and the South Mackay Sharks (2006, 2009 and 2010), as well as winning best and fairests at the Sharks in 2007 and for the Mackay Sea Eagles rep side in 2008.

Srama has played representative football for the Mackay Sea Eagles (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and the North Queensland Marlins (2008 and 2009).

With a large portion of the three-year Development Officer job focusing on coaching and junior development, Srama ticked all of the right boxes for the Blues.

Full story in the print edition of Friday’s Tumut and Adelong Times.