Canowindra Tigers to hold meet and greet ahead of season 2021

A HUGE LOSS: Canowindra Tigers will enter their centenary season without Regan Hughes as the star is set to remain in Sydney for 2021. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

A HUGE LOSS: Canowindra Tigers will enter their centenary season without Regan Hughes as the star is set to remain in Sydney for 2021. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

Before season 2021 gets under way, the Canowindra Tigers will host a meet and greet this Saturday, January 16 at 2pm at the Canowindra Bowling Club.

This year's coach, Kevin Grimshaw, will be attending to meet with players for the coming season.

Kevin is to keen to chat to the local players and supporters about the Tigers' year, and with this season marking 100 year celebrations, there is a lot to talk about.

All current and potential players are invited to come along to meet the coaching staff for the 2021 season.

This would be a good chance to catch up with the committee, coaches and supporters to put some input for 100 year calendar, and if anyone has any memorabilia it would be much appreciated.

It's been four decades since Kevin Grimshaw played or coached at Canowindra but in 2021, the Tigers product will return to his old stomping ground to coach the side during its centenary campaign.

It was a spectacle that was scheduled to take place last winter but when the virus brought a halt to the season, the club was forced to put its plans on hold.

Grimshaw is a multi-premiership winning player and coach at Bathurst, Canowindra and Lithgow, and when he returns to Tigertown for the Woodbridge Cup this season, he expects nothing less than success.

"I want my players to have a winning attitude and I want 100 percent commitment from them as well," Grimshaw said.

"I'll be looking at a top-four finish and from then on, it's in our hands."

Several big names have been linked to the Tigers in recent seasons but ahead of this year, there's only one new addition the head coach can confirm.

"Eman Rodriguez is going to come play for us," he said.

"Everyone who's spoken about him has said he's got a really good attitude and that's what I'm trying to bring to the club.

"I want people who are willing to work and willing to take ownership."

Outside Rodriguez, the Tigers are set to welcome back three sets of brothers as the Hughes, Earsman and Whatman duos will all lace up the boots in 2021.

While Brydon and Curtis Hughes will play, Regan is set to stay in Sydney which shapes as a big loss to the club.

"He'll be sadly missed because of his try-scoring ability but we've got plenty of talented footballers on our team," he said.

It's been a long time between drinks for the Tigers but Grimshaw knows this season would be the perfect time for Canowindra to lift the Woodbridge Cup.

"This year is really, really huge," he said.

"This is a jumper that's been worn for 100 years... we aren't just playing for ourselves, we're playing for everyone who's worn the jumper in the last century.

"That's who we're playing for this season."