THE Brighton Football club is on the rebound aiming to field five teams for the 2020 season.
The Robins could only muster an SFL men’s reserves and women’s team this year and almost folded its men’s program during the pre-season but now will field a men’s senior team under new coach Byron Howard and plans to have a boys’ under-18s and girls under-17s team.
Byron Howard who is a former multiple North Hobart premiership player is also the Robin’s last premiership coach having led Brighton the 1998 Southern Football League flag. And he will have family support with his son Jacob to coach the reserves.
“I just wanted to help rebuild the club. I’ve got a really close connection with and the area for me and my family so I thought, why not?” Byron said.
“We are looking forward to rebuilding the club, and have already signed 40 players.”
The majority of players this year have re-signed to another a further 10 to 18 players coming on board.
Byron said the aim for 2020 was to be competitive but success would not be weighed by wins and losses alone.
It is about building on what we’ve got and making it a family club and a good place where people can come and spend time with their families.
It is such an expanding area we need to ensure the future of the club is strong to be able to have five teams next year as opposed to the two this year.
The Robins have signed former Clarence ruckman-forward Wade Wall as a playing assistant coach as well as former Glenorchy players Connor Salter and Joel Millhouse with more to come.
Brighton Council has supported the club with a planned $6 million redevelopment of the social and change rooms next year.
“We have new sponsors and the Brighton Council has been incredibly supportive,” Byron said.
“Hopefully it is going to be a place not that is going to say long into the future.”