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After missing last season due to COVID-19, the Queanbeyan Roos will be looking for a strong start to the 2021 competition.

Adam Taylor takes over the reins of first grade head coach from Aaron Gorrell, who was coach at the Roos for ten years.

Taylor has been impressed with how the team’s pre-season has been so far.

“There’s been a lot of movement on and off the field and things are coming along nicely,” said Taylor.

“We should have a strong team across the park and I’m looking forward to seeing what this group of boys can achieve this season. Patience and staying on task will be our biggest challenge, but something I think we can overcome during the year.”

The Roos have a young squad, in particular their forward pack, so they have recruited a couple of older players to help steer the team.

Aidan Woods brings lots of experience to the side, having moved across from cross-town rivals the Queanbeyan Blues. The 30-year-old forward played in the Monaro Open Men’s side that took out the Country Championships title a couple of weeks ago.

Michael Cullen has also moved across from the Blues, and will be a valuable member of the team.

Hooker Lachie Ingram has been named First Grade captain. Having switched allegiances last year to the Queanbeyan Blues because the Roos didn’t field a team, Ingram is back with the Roos this season and is looking forward to his new leadership role.

Hear from Lachie Ingram and League Tag hooker Dani Newham as they preview the 2021 season.

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