ON THE CHARGE: Brothers’ Aiden Daniel takes a run against Souths Sharks during the year.
ON THE CHARGE: Brothers’ Aiden Daniel takes a run against Souths Sharks during the year.

Brethren are putting their faith in Nathan Johnson

NATHAN Johnson will again coach the Brothers A-grade side in 2016.

The club backed Johnson to push toward finals, as it chases the club's first premiership since back-to-back flags in 2007-08.

Johnson thanked the club for showing him faith and praised the development within his youthful squad.

The club's under-18 side remains in contention and have a qualifying semi final against Whitsunday on Sunday.

Johnson said he was proud of the fight shown by his A-grade side this year. They finished seventh.

"You can't coach that, the competitive nature," he said. "For the amount of injuries we had in the year, it was pleasing the way they went about their footy."

Johnson put many young players in A-grade and Brothers stuck in most contests, playing well above their weight on occasions.

"We were always going to blood a few this year," he said.

"It'll put the club in good stead (by) pushing juniors through."

Forward Shaun Edwards and half Daniel Boyd were two under-18 eligible players who impressed in A-grade.

The club has already begun re-signing players for 2016.

"We've locked away Joss Boyton and Ewin Bartholomew again and that's a big plus, they've got a lot of experience," Johnson said.

"Ewin's been one of the club's best, if not our best.

In a tough Mackay market to bring in players seeking work, Johnson said he'd like to add some strength in key positions despite wanting to reward the hard work put in during the coming off-season.

Johnson backed Whitsunday as the team to beat for this year's A-grade flag.

"If they have all the players available to them and travel well, they're a likely side," he said.



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