ORANGE CYMS are set to unleash a new-look side on the Group 10 premier league competition in the coming weeks.
With several stars still sidelined with injury CYMS have been active in the player market in recent weeks, securing the signature of one former star with another also set to return.
Just scraping in before the June 30 deadline, the green and golds secured the services of former captain-coach Ryan Prevett for the remainder of the season.
Also a former Hawks captain-coach, Prevett left CYMS early in the 2013 season for Group 20 club West Wyalong Mallee Men, before linking with Group 9 powerhouse Wagga Kangaroos in 2014.
Although edging on veteran status at 36, Prevett is set to add unbridled experience to CYMS’ already heaving forward stocks after being lured back to Orange.
“He looks fit, and sharp,” CYMS’ captain-coach Mick Sullivan said.
“We got a release for him, it’s great to have a local boy come back and if he plays some good footy there is no reason he can’t force his way into the top side.
“He’s a ball playing back-rower, I guess a Glenn Stewart sort of mould, but has no issues slotting into the front row either.”
Boom outside back Ali Beale is also set to return to the club after a stint in the Queensland Cup, while gun second rower Pat Galea was released.
“Travelling becomes hard for a lot of players,” Sullivan said, referring to the Penrith-based Galea.
“He has been performing well, not outstanding, but it just wasn’t working out 100 per cent. We made the decision to let him go, and made sure we did it before June 30 to ensure he had time to find another club, which he has. His old club, the Guildford Owls, have picked him up straight away.
“It wasn’t ideal and Pat was a bit annoyed, but we did the right thing as a club by giving him time to find a new place. Hopefully he goes back into his own backyard and enjoys his footy there.”
Orange Hawks also unveiled a new signing on Tuesday in giant frontrower Si Vainiaku Honemau.
Honemau played for the PCYC Blacktown Spartans in the Parramatta District A Grade Division 2 competition, and linked with Hawks after moving to town for work.
“He’s a big boy,” Two blues president Dave Ryan said.
“We’re not quite sure how he goes really, but we’ll give him every chance.
“He’s got size, which we’re lacking a bit at the moment so hopefully he can play in a role there and fit in with our game plan, which is definitely working at the moment.”