Grand final glory eludes Redbacks
JASON Wright will be back for his 16th season with the Redbacks in 2012 after playing in his side's 21-point AFL Darling Downs grand final loss to Toowoomba Tigers on Saturday at Rockville Oval.
Wright was a foundation player for the Redbacks in 1996 and has been coach, captain and Darling Downs representative coach.
He was the leading goal scorer in the league in the 2011 home-and-away season.
"I have lost three grand finals (in A-grade) now - it doesn't get any easier," he said, surrounded by family and friends in centre field immediately after the game.
"We put so much in and trained so hard. We have been working for this for eight months.
"I am still determined to win that elusive premiership. We have unfinished business on this ground."
As for the game, he said Tigers played a good team game.
"They were excellent today and adapted to the conditions.
"A bit of ill discipline let us down. We can learn from that."
Wright said playing on a new home ground next season would help the Redbacks.
"Our new ground (on St Mark's Oval) is a lot bigger than Slade Park," he said.
Rockville Oval, the grand-final venue, is the largest in the league.
Redbacks captain Brendan Iles told his players during the presentation ceremony they should be proud of their season.
"We'll come back next year," Iles said.