After a noble association with the Clubhouse Hotel for the past few years, the Singleton Greyhounds have secured a lucrative new sponsorship deal for 2018.
I have the greatest respect for what the Solman family and the Clubhouse have done for rugby league in Singleton in recent times...McNamara
Having explored all their options in an effort to put the club in a stronger financial position, they have struck a deal with the owner of the Albion Hotel, Jamie McNamara.
A former player McNamara is excited to have the opportunity to form a relationship with the club and paid homage to the previous sponsors.
“I have the greatest respect for what the Solman family and the Clubhouse have done for rugby league in Singleton in recent times,” the publican says.
“It’s an honour for anyone to have the Greyhounds patronage and we’re excited about their future and are keen to contribute in any way we can to make them successful on and off the field.”
The club has also secured a significant new sleeve and ground signage sponsorship with PPK Mining Group Ltd.
Based in the Hunter Valley, they employ about 220 people and 35 of these are employed at Mt Thorley.
They specialise in underground mining equipment and manufacture locally.
PPK Mining Group’s Paul Croak says they are thrilled to be on board and the venture will see their logo on all sleeves of the Greyhounds teams playing strip in 2018.
Meanwhile, there are some new faces on the Club’s executive for 2018 after the hard-working Scott Matthews and Matt Kenny did not seek re-election at the AGM.
One of those new faces is Jye Bayley who is stepping up to the role of president at the same time as again coaching the Greyhound First Grade side.
The 27- year- old is passionate about the club and with the rest of the newly appointed club executive of Heath Moore and Luke Gardner and the return of Donna Clout as Secretary/Treasurer being assisted by Ben Thorley, together they will continue to put the club’s interests foremost.
On the playing front, a number of coaching positions were recently settled with the popular Marty Carroll taking over in the Reserve Grade role from Jacob Rinkin who did a tremendous job in recent seasons without a lot of luck in the big end games.
The Under 18’s will have Daniel Higgins taking over responsibilities with the very capable Luke Gardner and Clinton Tull in his corner.
They again should have some solid personnel to work with to try and capture an elusive Juniors premiership. The Ladies league-tag side is yet to appoint a coach but the club is optimistic of settling this position before the New Year.
Pre-season training will begin next month with an announcement expected shortly.
All existing players and any new players considering turning out with the Greyhounds in 2018 are welcome down to the Albion Hotel this Friday afternoon for the clubs Joker Draw.