The desire for a change of scenery and the chance to play with his cousins has convinced Turvey Park’s Jack Brooks to make a move to Marrar next season.
Brooks, who was captain of the Bulldogs this year, will make the switch to the Farrer League premiers, where his relatives, Jesse and Tyler Cunningham, have played for three years.
A Turvey Park junior whose only time away from the kennel has been a stint in Albury, Brooks said he’s excited to test himself in another competition.
“It should be good, I was just looking for a bit of a change,” Brooks said.
“I’ve been at Turvey for four years since I got back from Albury and it’ll be good to play with my cousins… and I’m good mates with (assistant coach) Cal Gardner.”
Now 24, Brooks was a Riverina League rep player in 2014 and 2015. Last season a broken hand saw him play just two games, but he is coming off a full season with the rejuvenated Bulldogs, where he finished playing across half-back.
Marrar coach Shane Lenon has spoken to Brooks about a possible role in the midfield but he’s happy to play wherever suits the team.
Brooks was a keen observer of the Bombers’ successful finals campaign as well as a game during the year.
“It seems like good, contested footy and similar to the RFL,” Brooks said. “It’s a good standard and I reckon it’ll be good and the way (Lenon) has said next year’s going to go, Marrar’s basically keeping their full list.”
Brooks said he’ll be ready to go when pre-season starts in January but admitted to mixed feelings about leaving Maher Oval.
“I’ve always got a soft spot because it’s my junior club and I’ve played 90 senior games there, I’ve grown up there, so it’s always going to be with me,” he said.