Eagles hatch plan to soar in 2012
AFTER a disappointing start to his Ipswich Eagles coaching career, you could forgive Dave Hume for taking a summer away from football to de-stress.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The former Tasmanian has been hard at work making sure last season's injury-plagued, success-starved run is banished to history.
It's not just on the field that Hume has been spending his time.
Along with club president Mick Whiteley, Hume has been mapping out a plan to make the Eagles one of the powerhouse sporting clubs of Ipswich.
Not that he thinks it will be easy, mind you, but if hard work counts for anything, the future looks bright for the Eagles.
"Last year was a year for me to sit back and see how the club works," Hume said.
"We didn't achieve the success I would have liked and the commitment shown by the guys wasn't quite there as well. So we're looking to change the culture of the club, that's a really important thing for us.
"We want to make Aussie rules a viable option for kids and make the Eagles a place where they really want to come and play footy."
With a new experienced coaching panel alongside him, Hume is determined to bring on-field success to the region.
"We are Ipswich's club," Hume said.
"We are the only strong and viable Aussie rules club in Ipswich . . . we need to not just sit back and be content with being a division two club."
Hume was cagey when it came to naming any gun recruits for season 2012 but said some big things were happening behind the scenes.
"I think we are going to surprise quite a few people next year," he said.
Hume and the Eagles committee is hatching a strategic plan to not only win a premiership, but also the hearts and minds of the Ipswich community.
The club has begun dialogue with both government and business leaders in an effort to engage more with community groups.
Eventually the Eagles hope to boast a club of their own away from the Limestone Park complex, somewhere that both football and non-football people can enjoy.