Reunion at OLs of Blues mates

OLD Launcestonians are set to benefit from some high-profile recruits this season in what amounts to a reunion of former Launceston State League teammates at the club.

OLs have recruited highly credentialled former South Launceston footballer and Launceston premiership player Brian Finch as its coach.

And Finch will be joined at the NTFA division 2 club by his former Blues premiership teammates in defender Gene Savage, midfielder Sam O'Keefe and key forward Adam Derbyshire in a major recruiting coup.

O'Keefe and Savage will be assistant playing coaches.

``It is great to get the boys across because we've been mates for a while,'' Finch said.

``Luke French was not in the picture but he has come over as well from Lonnie and we've all played in a few premierships together.

``We were looking for a bit of a less committed level of footy that we could enjoy and still be involved in the game.

``The boys have all been training well and I think they have enjoyed having those guys at training - we're looking forward to a good season on and off the field.''

Finch said the club's main aim was to make the finals this season which it had not been able to do for some time, winning only two games last season.

``The club's good, loyal players have stuck around and we've pretty much just hoped to join them and help them out and hopefully enjoy some success,'' he said.

Old Launcestonians president Andrew Brown said the club welcomed the addition of the high-calibre recruits.

``We've noticed the difference already in training with the knowledge that they can pass on to our younger players,'' he said.

``There is some excitement around the club and hopefully having those quality players can help draw others to the club.''

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