It’s “massive change” but it’s something Mick Fraser is excited to be part of.
Fraser was confirmed as the new chairman at Dubbo CYMS at the club’s annual general meeting on Monday night.
Outgoing chairman Kevin Walkom convened a meeting of his board and told them of his decision to stand aside, largely due to the health difficulties he had endured after having a brain clot removed from his brain in July of this year.
Walkom nominated Fraser, a decision that left the man who’s assisted in the running of the Fishies’ under 18s for the past two seasons shocked.
“I was going to do something with club but I wasn’t sure what,” he said.
“I really enjoyed the last two years with juniors and I was looking for a different challenge but I didn’t expect it to be this challenge.
“It’s a massive change but I’m looking forward to it.”
The biggest thing which attracted the soft-spoken Fraser to the role was the atmosphere and work ethic within CYMS, and particular the board and committee.
He said the sheer amount of people working towards one goal makes it easier for everyone involved.
The goal now for him is to ensure that continues, with the club having collected eight first grade premierships during Walkom’s reign.
Walkom isn’t lost to the club and will remain as the vice-chairman under Fraser.
“It feels good and the responses I’ve had from people have been nice,” Fraser said since taking on the job.
“I’m humbled and want to do the best I can and help the club keep going and even go forward.
“I’m all about football going forward. Of course I want to see CYMS keep winning but I do want to see football moving forward.”
The elevation of Fraser to the chairman’s role isn’t the only change at the club, with Jarryn Powyer stepping up to take on the captain-coach’s role following Tim Ryan’s decision to step aside after six tremendously successful seasons at the helm.
Replacing Ryan is arguably even a bigger task than replacing Walkom, but Fraser has backed the much-respected 25-year-old to succeed.
“The club has been very good for a long time and it’s a great challenge for Jarryn now but I’m sure he’ll do a fantastic job,” he said, praising the work ethic of the prop and his side.
“The club is massive on training and first grade really leads it. I found it easier coaching the juniors because the first graders train so hard.”