The Deniliquin Rovers Football and Netball Club will welcome new changerooms next season.
The new changerooms will be built in the existing Jan Rotherham canteen between the netball courts and the clubrooms at Memorial Park.
The changerooms will be for the Rovers’ sides on game day, with visiting teams using the current rooms in the two-storey building the club shares with the pastoral and agricultural society.
Rovers president Wally Bulmer said the new rooms would be a major positive for the club.
‘‘It will be a home team changeroom to bring the players closer to the supporters,’’ he said.
‘‘The existing changerooms will be used by the visiting teams.
‘‘We’ll have more storage space for gym equipment and all of our training gear with the new rooms.
‘‘In the off-season, the Deni Rhinos cricketers will use the rooms, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.’’
The changerooms will have lockers belonging to each guernsey number and Bulmer said they planned to put club legends’ names on the locker that matches up with their playing number.
‘‘We want the players to see how important their jumper is to the club,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re hoping that players will take ownership of their number and that it will give them something to work towards as well.
‘‘Everyone can’t get their name on an honour board, but we’d like to honour blokes that have been club stalwarts and given years of service to the Rovers.
‘‘There are blokes like a Tom Auldist that played 200 senior games and 100 reserves games and just recently Daniel Mison playing 300 games that haven’t necessarily earned awards like a best-and-fairest, but have given their all for the club.
‘‘There will be a criteria decided later down the track for whose names will be put up on the lockers.’’
Brunker Fabrications started the initial work on the changerooms last week.
Brunker Fabrications owner Andrew ‘‘Taffy’’ Brunker is aiming to have the changerooms completed before Christmas.
‘‘The majority of the work will be completed by blokes associated with the Rovers, like Brody Lumber and Troy Leetham to name a couple,’’ he said.
‘‘The bricks of the building will all come down, but the roof structure will be staying.
‘‘We want to make sure the cricketers can make use of them during their upcoming season so if we can get it done before Christmas, then they will at least get some use of it in the second half of their season.’’