Jeremy Rowe has been handed the South Wagga captaincy as the club prepares to celebrate a big season.
It is the Blues’ centenary year and the 34-year-old is honoured to be at the helm.
For just the third time over the past 11 seasons, Joel Robinson won’t be the captain.
Instead he’s joined a four-man coaching which also features Nathan Cooke, Brayden Ambler and the returning Scott McCrea.
Robinson is confident Rowe is the right man to lead the side in their 100th season.
“I’m president as well and I don’t want to be wearing too many hats,” Robinson said.
“Rowey is the perfect fit for it.
“We think very alike cricket wise and I thought it would be a great thing for him in this centenary year.”
Rowe will continue to travel for Canberra, as he has done for the past four seasons, to play with his junior club.
He’s confident the captaincy arrangement will work despite not being on hand during the week.
“My clear focus will just be captaining the side on game day, a side prepared by the coaching group,” Rowe said.
“With me travelling and not attending training it is a little bit of an unique scenario but it is one that certainly can be managed with strong communication.
“Joel was wanting to get back into a coaching scenario and it provides a bit of a point of difference on game day to keep this fresh.”
Robinson believes the captaincy is a reward for his commitment to the club considering the travel required to line up for the Blues.
South Wagga will celebrate their centenary on February 16 with a reunion planned over the weekend.
After finishing second in four out of the last five seasons, the Blues are looking to go one better this time around in their big year.
To help achieve that elusive grand final win they have already got some familiar faces back on board.
After concentrating on football last season, young gun Blake Harper has committed to the club while former grade cricketer Mitch Sykes is back.
They’ve also brought Wagga City’s premiership-winning captain Warren Clunes over after he sat out last season.