QUEANBEYAN Blues coach Simon Woolford says planning is already underway for 2014 as the club looks to move on from last weekend’s grand final defeat at the hands of the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
Heavily favoured heading into Sunday’s clash, the Blues were left reeling after a Jordan Macey field goal in extra time saw the Kangaroos upstage their more fancied cross-town rivals in a 17-16 victory.
But just days after the Blues’ defeat, Woolford said the club’s focus had already turned to next season.
“We’ve got 17 devastated players at the moment and the coaching staff is no different but we just need to learn from this year and move on,” he said.
“We’re already planning for next year. We’re looking at what players we’re going to be losing and who we might need to bring in.
“Hopefully we can have that sorted in the next six weeks because we don’t want to still be chasing players come October, November.”
Woolford confirmed he would be staying on as coach for at least one more year while marquee players Marc Herbert, Trevor Thurling and Levi Freeman have all re-signed with the club.
And after a major overhaul of the Blues playing squad following 2012’s failed finals campaign, Woolford said the club was unlikely to be chasing any big names to fill out the side’s roster.
“It’s not about getting big name signings, it’s about getting the right people to fill the positions we need,” he said.
“We’re looking at some blokes from outside the [Canberra] competition at the moment and if we can get them that’ll be pretty much it.”
Woolford, meanwhile, said he had no regrets following the side’s grand final defeat in his first year in charge at Seiffert Oval.
The Blues made a number of notable late selection decisions heading into Sunday’s match with representative players Matt Holmes and Jordie Hammond demoted to reserve grade.
But Woolford said he was confident no stone was left unturned in preparing the side for its title tilt.
“I don’t think there’s much we could have done differently in terms of our preparation,” he said. “I don’t have any regrets put it that way.”
“We just had some blokes who were off their game and we were too ill-disciplined and that was the difference.”