Tumut coach: for now we rest

Tumut's Brian McDonald (left) and Matthew Lopez playing Cootamundra.

Tumut's Brian McDonald (left) and Matthew Lopez playing Cootamundra.

Coaching can be an exhausting task, a task that Tumut coach Matthew Lopez isn’t even thinking about until pre-season training kicks off in February, 2017.

Recruitment isn’t high on the agenda.

Unlike some Wagga-based clubs that have the luxury of enticing players from rival clubs to change allegiances in the off-season, an isolated, small-town club like Tumut has a loyal base, and little incentive to offer recruits.

He will lose a couple of players, as they move on for university, but he’s not too worried.

“I’m not doing anything, I’m not even playing twilight soccer, out of sight of mind,” he said.

“It’s a long year, it nice to have a break from it.”

He’s not expecting any big difference in the competition with the inclusion of Leeton FC.

“Every team we play is a challenge,” he said.

“The only big change is, it’s a bit of a drive from Tumut to Leeton, I guess we’ll see it as a team-building trip.”

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