So Long and Thank You
At the end of this week, after more than two decades in this role, I will finally be hanging up my boots as General Manager of Brothers Ipswich. This news may come as a surprise to many of you but it is something I have been considering for quite some time.
As someone who bleeds blue and white and who has been involved with Brothers in some capacity for the majority of my life, it has certainly not been an easy decision. But now that it is done I will be looking forward to spending more quality time with my family, especially my grandchildren, as well as pursuing other interests that have always had to take a backseat to the business of the club. Whether my wife will be as enthusiastic to see more of me is another question.
The club is about to embark on the next bold chapter in its history with the commencement of the long-awaited renovations now finally underway. As exciting as that is, this felt like the appropriate juncture for me to hand over to somebody new.
Of course, I have always believed a club is far more than a building. The members I have come to know personally during my tenure as General Manager and the relationships that have been forged with staff (past and present) will leave the most enduring memories.
When I think back to how far we have come since I took on this role back in 1993 I can’t help but be immensely proud of what has been achieved. There are a lot of people who have been directly involved and others who have supported me from the sidelines and I will do my best to thank them all. But for now it is you, the members, who I wish to thank for supporting this club and making it what it is today.
I may not spend quite as much time at the club as before, but I will be back and I look forward to sharing a beer and a laugh from the other side of the bar.
This club has been an integral part of who I am for such a long time now; I expect stepping back is going to take a lot of adjustment. But I do so in the confidence that from what we have built together over many years, and in the knowledge of what is yet to come; Brothers Ipswich will remain central to the social and economic fabric of our community. And that is what a club is truly about.