Wauchope Blues aim for top five in 2016 Group 3 competition

Stepping up: Long-serving club stalwart Aaron Ison in action for the Blues in 2015. This year will see him hang up his boots and take on the role of first grade coach.
Stepping up: Long-serving club stalwart Aaron Ison in action for the Blues in 2015. This year will see him hang up his boots and take on the role of first grade coach.

THE Wauchope Blues have announced stalwart Aaron Ison as their first grade coach for the 2016 season.

Ison is a long-serving player of the club, but will hang up the playing boots as he looks to rebuild the once unbeatable Blues.

Normally playing in the halves, Ison has a big reputation around league circles for his experience in the game and his passion for the Wauchope community.

Coaching is something he said he has wanted to do for a while.

"It's great to be able to coach my home town," he said.

"At this stage I'm not looking at playing in 2016.

"We have a good side and there's no need for me to play really.

"We have lost a few senior players, but have some good U18 players coming through from our premiership winning side."

A few of those players will step up to the mark while the club is in discussions with a few players, including the potential return of a former star forward.

"I think it's fair to say that we are still rebuilding," Ison said.

"We won't set the world on fire straight away and it won't be a short-term process, I'll be sticking around for some time.

"I think if we set our goal to be a top five team I expect that to be realistic enough."

The Sharks and Breakers will be the two teams to beat according to the man they call 'Buzz', but if a couple of the player negotiations come to fruition the Blues will be well on track to returning to powerhouse status.

They also have a new president, Brad Hinton, who believes Ison is an excellent choice for coach.

"Buzz has been a long time campaigner for Wauchope," he said.

"He's certainly a big supporter of the club and a very experienced player.

"Aaron is at the right age to get into coaching.

"I think his experience and the fact he is very much a people person will enhance our club."

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