TATHRA Sea Eagles playing-coach Luke Taylor said he is looking forward to next year after a very successful season.
The Sea Eagles held their presentation night and Taylor took the opportunity to sit down with the BDN and discuss his thoughts about next year.
Following an undefeated season, in both the seniors and reserve grades, Taylor said nothing had been “locked away” as far as his coaching was concerned but he was in talks with the club and a “decision would be made in the coming weeks”.
In the mean time Taylor said the club is hoping to expand on its junior teams.
“We’re going to try really hard on getting our juniors up and going,” Taylor said.
“We’ve been a little bit lacklustre so we really want to spend alot of time getting the right person in place to run the junior grades.
“There is plenty of talent out there, so we just need someone to head it up and get the juniors underway.”
Taylor said the club had already earmarked a few people for the job.
“Chris Burns was really good last year, it was his first year in it, he did a great job.
“We’re looking at getting Jarrod Palmer.
“He’s got a really good interest in the junior footy.
“I think he’s one that can really put a bit of time and effort in it, if he comes on board he can definitely give us something in the juniors,” he said.
When asked if the other clubs would be looking to knock Tathra off the pedestal Taylor said “I hope so, i really do”.
“I think at the end of the day, it’s up to the other clubs to really strive to get to where we are.”
Taylor said Merimbula and Pambula had provided some great contests this year and “aren’t far off the pace” in challenging Tathra for the 2014 title.
“If they can retain their lists and top up with a couple [of players], next year could be a really close competition.”
“I would assume that they’ll be gunning for us, that’s for sure,” he said.
Taylor said he was keen for the next season, but wasn’t going to rush any players into early training.
“We try not get to training too early in the pre-season, we’ll have a couple of sessions around Christmas, but then we’ll hit the ground running in late January or so.”
Looking ahead, Taylor said 2014 could be another strong year.
“The thing that i’m looking forward to is blooding a few guys out of the reserve grade, there was five or six guys that played in the reserve grand final and could easily step up to play first grade.”
He also said the support of team manager Kevin May had been essential.
“Kev May has been amazing for me [managing the bench].
“I’m amazed he hasn’t coached at the Sea Eagles, he’s such an intelligent football person.
“To have him on the bench is just gold for me, he’s a man that we need to keep on board.”
Taylor said the challenge for the first grade team now was to not become complacent.
“The challenge now is to keep that hunger.
“We don’t want to think it’s going to happen because we’ve won four in a row.
“We’ve never rested on our laurels, we always come in keen to go, each year is nil-all,” he said.