Season 2020 has already made a promising start in Magpie land, with club legend Josh Arnold re-signing to take care of what he calls “unfinished business”.
The 27-year-old stepped up brilliantly in the Centennial Season in the absence of injured leaders like Brayden Webb, Daniel Joseph and Harrison Gunther, highlighting just how valuable the unfashionable backman is to the club.
Most notable was his ability to fashion a backline, which had an average age of 20 for much of the season, into a formidable unit, and it is the performances of youngsters like Nathan Blowfield, Aaron Brennan and Cam Goodsell that has ‘Jezma’ enthused about the future.
“Why wouldn’t I?” he asked rhetorically when asked why he re-signed so quickly.
“I know what shape the club’s in, it’s so exciting to see the young blokes who are here and how quickly they are developing.
“Put them alongside our returning senior blokes and everyone should be excited about next season.”
After injuries derailed the Centennial Season drive for a premiership, Arnold – who played his 200thgame in 2019 – is even more determined to achieve the ultimate success next year.
“We’ve definitely got unfinished business, and we’ve got the players to take care of it,” he said.
“This club is like home, I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else, and I want to be a part of it for a few more years yet.”