CLERMONT Bears have lost more than just their halfback in the departure of Astin Nunan.
They've lost their little general, their goal kicker and the competition's leading point scorer two years running.
The reigning referee's player of the year answered a call to arms from the Cooma Colts in southern New South Wales to join the club in his bid to crack the NRL.
"The club seems like a good club and the town is similar to Clermont, maybe a bit more like Emerald," the Central Highlands under-20s halfback said.
"James Verzeletti said at CH training that ex-Emerald Cowboys player, now Cooma coach Todd Williams was looking for young players and I put my hand up.
"We are straight into pre-season which isn't that different to what I am used to.
"My ultimate goal is to play NRL, State of Origin and for Australia, I want to do it all.
"For this year though, I want to establish myself at the club and then get a look in for the open a-grade Canberra Raiders next year. I'd like to improve my defence, especially on my goal line, I tend to rush out of the line."
Thrown into senior footy at 18, Nunan found it a challenge to steer his side around, he did however, learn quickly winning the premiership in his first year.
They couldn't back in up last season but Nunan was instrumental in guiding his side to the grand final, scoring 160 points from seven tries and 66 goals.
"It was daunting at first, but I grew to a level that I needed to play at and grew as a person too," Nunan on his first season for the Bears.
"I was a bit quiet when I first got there and they had to tell me to yell at them.
"There was a player I used to watch closely as a young bloke and that was Benny Breckon. He was my five-eighth and pretty much taught me everything… how to read plays, kick the ball well, put pressure on the other players - it was great to play alongside him.
Nunan had no hesitations naming his successor at the Bears and credited the club for his development.
"They were very helpful, all the coaches I had and players around me taught me how to be the player I am today," he said.
"CH have plenty of players coming through, Jason King, Sam Cronk and Brody Barrett are all quality.
"I'd like to give a shout out to the Clermont Bears and say G'day to Ryan and Sarah Nunan (mum and dad).
"I am missing them a bit."
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