Group 20 rugby league
A SENSE of “unfinished business” will keep star Yenda forwards Kodie Charles and Tom Sellars in Blueheelers colours next year.
Charles and Sellars have penned new contracts with the Group 20 club to extend their stay at Wade Park until the end of the 2014 season.
Both players were new arrivals this year and quickly became vital components of a Yenda side that came within inches of a grand final berth, falling to minor premier Leeton in an epic preliminary final.
That result was one of the main reasons behind Charles’ decision to sign on, and he believes it will keep the majority of the Blueheelers squad together.
“Most of the boys realise what we’ve got here and if we can all stick around and work a little bit harder, anything is possible next year,” he said.
Charles admitted the heartbreak of the 30-26 loss to the Greens would also serve as added motivation for Yenda in what is anticipated to be a brutal pre-season campaign.
“When we were leading over at Lakes, maybe Leeton were just that little bit more fit than us and that might have tipped the scales their way,” he said.
“In the off-season we’ve got to put a fair bit of hard work in and just get a lot fitter than we were.”
The signature of second-rower Sellars, who scored 15 tries for Yenda, ensures the Blueheelers will keep their biggest strike weapon as they look to build on the 2013 campaign.
“He’s had a really good year,” Charles said. “He’s settled in with the club good, he gets along with everyone and I reckon we’ll get more out of him next season now he knows his surroundings.”
Yenda secretary Sam Panarello said he was delighted to have secured the pair for another season.
“I’m thankful they’ve decided to go ground with us again,” he said.
“They’re pretty important players to our team.”
However, the Blueheelers could be forced to dip back into the player market as it looks increasingly unlikely the Warner brothers, Tom and Ben, will remain with the club.
The pair has moved back to Cootamundra but Panarello said that did not necessarily mean they would not play with Yenda in 2014.
“It’s not out of the question that they’ll keep playing with us, but there’s obviously obstacles with the travel,” he said.