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Jesse Malcolm (centre) with John Coulter (President) and Julius Kuresa (A Grade coach) of the Shearers. Photo: Supplied

Next season is lining up to be an exciting one for the Ormeau Shearers.

The Shearers will celebrate the club’s 20-year anniversary this season and started their senior recruitment drive on a high by signing on local A Grade marquee player Jesse Malcolm.

“Our biggest challenge will be trying to mould this team into a cohesive unit, obviously Jesse is one of the players coming through to us and we are hoping that we will have a couple more marquee players that will change our fortune,” Ormeau Shearers A Grade Coach Julius Kuresa said.

A member of the Runaway Bay Seagulls A Grade premiership winning side last year, Kuresa is hoping Malcolm’s experience, work ethic and leadership can help drive the Shearers forward during the 2019 season.

“I am really excited about the move to Ormeau and what the coaching staff have in place for pre-season training is a really good build for 2019 and the future,” Malcolm said.

A player who leads by example, Malcolm will bring his professionalism, experience and on field drive to help build the team towards a more positive 2019 season.

Keen to continue building a sense of culture amongst the Shearers, Kuresa is working on developing the senior program and club culture by organising and promoting group training sessions, which sees the Shearers Women’s team and junior players join in with the A Grade squad.

“Julius has a great vision and the senior program and culture that he is creating is fantastic, it is setting up a nice platform for our young Shearers to come through to kick onto bigger and better things at the club,” Ormeau Shearers President John Coulter said.

These recent moves all point to a great start for the Ormeau Shearers, with high hopes within the club that the developments will help improve not only their on-field performance; but the experience off all participants off the field as well.