The Queanbeyan Blues will be aiming to return to the top four after their premiership defence fell short last season.
After a bright start to 2018, injuries to key players meant the Blues fielded an inexperienced side at times. However, after winning the Under 18 Premiership last year, the Blues will be hoping to see their youngsters continue to develop while also having experienced players back fit.
The addition of Isaiah Latu, who has already starred for the Monaro U23’s this year, gives the Blues plenty of strike in the outside backs, while new hooker Joel Munroe provides another playmaking option after coming through the Gold Coast Titans’ pathways a few seasons ago.
The Queanbeyan Blues captain-coach has been the creative heartbeat of the side for the last two seasons and once again will be crucial in 2019.
Despite having injury problems throughout his decorated professional career, the former NSW and Australian representative has been a reliable presence for his junior club having only missed three matches in two seasons.
If the Blues are able to provide a solid platform for their captain-coach, scoring points is unlikely to be a problem they’ll face.
“He’s powerful, fast and fit. All the attributes needed to be a good footballer” – Terry Campese
Gains: Matty Cole (Rugby Union), Isaiah Latu (Rugby Union), Nicholas Halalilo (New Zealand), Josh Hitchins (Queanbeyan Kangaroos), Steve McQueen (Cooma Stallions), Corey Thomas (Cooma Stallions), Jason Reid (Cooma Stallions), Joel Munroe
Losses: Aaron McInnes, Trevor Thurling, Josh Baker, Tyler Stevens, Cody Wynnik, Tristan Eldridge, Adam Misios