Ingebrigtsen reveals why he stayed with Hervey Bay Seagulls
A DESIRE to deliver a Bundaberg Rugby League premiership to Stafford Park is one of the main reasons why Tye Ingebrigtsen chose to backflip on his decision to leave Hervey Bay Seagulls.
Ingebrigtsen had signed with Group 3 side Wingham Tigers, based on New South Wales' Mid North Coast, and had looked to be out the door to wear black and orange in 2016.
The utility harboured some regret over the decision, and the subsequent 36-24 loss to Past Brothers in the BRL grand final made it impossible to leave.
Ingebrigtsen said the 12-point loss left him with "unfinished business" on the field, while the lifestyle was far too attractive to him and his family.
"We enjoy living here and we have done a lot of moving around," he said.
"Staying will make it much easier for us."
His friendship with fellow Seagull Clinton Horne also played a major role, and it is those off-field relationships that have radically transformed the club's culture.
"Clinton's been great for us. Good friends like that don't come along often," Ingebrigtsen said.
"After that grand final it hurt a lot. It was a very disappointing end to the year and it made me want to hang around and try to go one better at the club.
"It's made us hungrier that's for sure."
Ingebrigtsen has made several steps to ensure 2016 is the Year of the Seagull, and announced Nathan Martyn as his first signing yesterday.
Martyn joins the club from Toowoomba Valleys Roosters, and the 90kg centre will add more depth to the club's outside backs.
While much of this year's minor premiership-winning squad will remain the same there are several more signings to come.
"Amos (Pelite) and Sione (Nau) should stay and we've got a few other players who are interested in joining," he said.
Hervey Bay Seagulls will resume training at Stafford Park on November 16.