Loss has Fitzhenry rethinking 2015

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BIG SHOES: Albury fullback Ben Jeffery is brought down by Southcity five-eighth Nathan Rose yesterday. Jeffery will take over from Josh Cale as Thunder coach in 2015 .
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THE devastation of losing the Group Nine grand final in a record landslide has Southcity captain-coach Daniel Fitzhenry pondering his playing future.

In the aftermath of the Bulls shattering 41-point hiding from Albury in the Group Nine decider at Equex Centre yesterday, Fitzhenry admitted he needed time to take stock of his career.

“I’m happy to play on, but this will take some getting over,” Fitzhenry said later.

“I’ll see how I feel after I have a bit of a break.”

Already re-signed for 2015, Fitzhenry is 34 years old and clearly at the crossroads of his magnificent playing days.

However, it would be a serious injustice if he did not return to lead the Bulls again in 2015.

Already re-signed for next year, Fitzhenry has the option of leading the team from the bench or on the field, but it would be a waste of his desire and talent to finish up.

Among the carnage of yesterday’s grand final disaster, Fitzhenry was one of the few in the Southcity team to make an impression on a game that was lost long before full-time.

As Fitzhenry fought to the bitter end, others wearing the same colours gave up the ghost after the Thunder blasted on four tries in the first half.

Little wonder he later described he performance as “disgraceful” and said the result as the most disheartening of his four years in Wagga.

However, he was not prepared to give up.

“I thought there was a chance we could turn things around in the second half,” he said.

“It was one of those frustrating days.”

For Fitzhenry, the efforts of some of his players would leave him cold, with precious few troubling the Thunder with or without the ball.

Significantly, dynamic centre Peter Little did not let Fitzhenry down yesterday, but others certainly did.

On a day when the Bulls required a resolute and committed approach, there were some in the team that fell dreadfully short of the mark.

Missed tackles and simple handling errors put the Bulls under the pump at the most critical of times.

With Fitzhenry weighing up his plans, the path is clearly defined for incoming Albury captain-coach Ben Jeffery.

Set to walk into Josh Cale’s position next year, Jeffery admits he there will be “big expectations” for him to carry on the Thunder dynasty.

“People will be thinking about four in a row,” Jeffery said.

For Jeffery, the Thunder will be a work in progress as he step into Cale’s shoes next year as a coaching rookie.

Not only are Lou Goodwin and Mitch Davis leaving, there is a genuine doubt over several other players, notably Willie Heta and Jake Grace and Cameron Breust.

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