Avondale president Herb Lutz (left) with new coach Brian Groves who takes over from Luke Owen.
Avondale president Herb Lutz (left) with new coach Brian Groves who takes over from Luke Owen. Shane Jones

Groves comes back to where it all began

LEAGUE: New Avondale coach Brian Groves insists there is no pressure on him to lead the side to glory as he takes over the Tigers again.

Groves will lead the Tigers next year in the Northern Districts Rugby League, taking over from Luke Owen who helped the side to win the last two premierships.

In a dominant period for the club, with just two losses as well, Groves comes into a team right at the top.

Not that it worries him.

"The only pressure from us is we've got to get the cattle out there,” he said.

"With three retired and four or five other players gone, that's half a team, so we will need to rebuild.”

Groves returns to the club after guiding the side from 2009 to 2011 in all roles including player, coach and president.

Last year he coached the Eastern Suburbs reserves to the finals.

The new coach said just being in that role this time around lured him back to the Tigers.

"It takes too much out of you and that's why I left the club originally,” he said.

"Now they've got a great committee and a great leader in Herb, so I said I'd definitely come back.”

It will also be his last coaching role, signing a two year deal until 2019 to bring his career to an end.

He said a title would be the perfect way to end.

"Yeah, I do want one of them under my belt at Avondale,” he said.

"The reason I've gone back is I enjoy the league out there and I love Avondale as a club.”

Avondale president Herb Lutz said the experience of Groves was what got him back.

"He's been around a long time,” he said.

"The new season will be a challenge to us, the committee and to Brian to stay at the top.”

The club will be holding a sign-on day this Sunday from 2.30pm to 5pm at the Railway Hotel for those wishing to join the club.



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