The West Belconnen Warriors have announced the signings of experienced playmakers Bobby Roberts and Brent Crisp for the 2019 season.
The duo, who are cousins, played together for the Belconnen United Scholars in 2012 and are relishing the opportunity to link up once again.
“It’s good to have a run and have that family connection again,” Roberts said. “We had a stint together with the Scholars years and years ago but we always wanted to get back and have a run around together again.”
For Crisp, it also marks his return to his junior club after he played in the 2004 Premiership winning side.
“Personally, I always wanted to finish where I started,” Crisp said. “I know I don’t have many years left so I’ll spend a couple more years here at my junior club and give back to where I started.”
The halves also have been awarded the Les McIntyre Medal for the competitions Best and Fairest player during their careers. Crisp won the award in 2017 and was a joint winner in 2012, while Roberts took out the award in 2016 as he was integral to West Belconnen’s Premiership side.
However, Roberts doesn’t think it’s likely either of them will be in with a chance next year.
“I don’t know if we can go joint in 2019, we’d probably steal too many points off each other,” joked Roberts. “Individual accomplishments are always good but now we are both getting on a bit and we want to coach a few of the younger halves, teach them what we know and help the club moving forward.
“The club’s going great guns. They’ve won Reserve Grade two years in a row and I don’t think we were far off in First Grade this year so hopefully with a couple of experienced halves we can go a few steps further.”
Brent Crisp joins the club after three years with Queanbeyan Kangaroos. He also previously played seven NRL matches with the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in 2008.
Roberts links up with the club once again after having spent last season with the Young Cherrypickers in Group 9.