The Tumut Blues have bolstered their forward stocks with the acquisition of Zac Masters.
The prop-forward came through the Blues junior ranks and last season played in the Raiders’ under 20s team.
He went on to train with the Raiders first grade squad throughout the pre-season before ultimately missing out on a spot in the NRL team.
While Raiders officials are keen for Masters to remain in the nation’s capital, he’s opted to play out the season with his home-town club.
It’s a major boost for the Blues. Masters will play either at prop or lock.
Known as an 80-minute player, he’ll complement the aggressive Dan Kilian.
Tumut’s pack is shaping as a strength for the Blues.
Along with Masters and Kilian, Tumut has the experienced Adam Pearce, Ben Roddy and Matt Free.
Youngsters Charles Cribb and Tom Jeffery round out a quality crop of big men.
The backline doesn’t quite have the same depth and there remains the prospect the Blues may sign one more player to boost their outside back stocks, which are a little thin.
In a monumental shift from last season, the Blues are putting their faith in their local talent, with Kilian and UK import Jordan Anderson the only two players who haven’t come through Tumut’s minor league system.
Anderson who lobbed in Tumut following the demise of Tumbarumba, has slotted in well since joining the ranks and will fill a play-making role.