NEW Tumbarumba captain-coach Aaron Sweeney says early wins are vital to the Greens in his debut season in command next year.
Sweeney, who was confirmed as Simon Vanzanten’s replacement this week, believes it is almost impossible to give away too much start.
“Look at what happened to Young this year,” Sweeney said yesterday.
“They hadn’t won a game until they beat us (in round 10) and still ended up finishing sixth.
“Had they won a couple of games early on they would have made it to the finals.”
According to Sweeney, Young’s flying finish to the season highlights the need for teams to get wins on the board in the opening month of the premiership.
“You’ve get away to a good start,” Sweeney said.
“That’s what we’ll be doing.
“We’ll be trying to start with a big bang.”
For Sweeney, stepping into Vanzanten’s position — he got the job mid-year — brings with it a huge challenge.
The Greens have been in the depths of the premiership for years and finished 10th this year, losing their opening 10 games.
In a bid to turn around the fortunes of the team, Sweeney said there two critical elements, including the return of three Fijian stars for the start of the competition in April.
“We also have to get fitter,” he said.
“Apart from that I won’t change much.”
With their Fijian recruits delayed by red-tape, the Greens were under the pump for the six weeks of the season, but made a late revival.
Sweeney yesterday indicated the mountain team is also eyeing “two or three” major signings from within Group Nine.
“I’m excited about next year,” he said.
“It should a good year.
“I know all the boys will try hard.”