- Thursday, 13 February 2014
Written by: Michael Barr | Photo: Kim Johnson
Pre-season for the Subiaco Colts is well underway with head coach Steve Armstrong’s aim to build a competitive squad for 2014.
With a large group of talent to siphon through, Army’s boys are preparing to take on the rest of the WAFL come March.
“We started with a group of about 80-85 players so the main goal is to look through all the prospects from our talent zones. Then we work on getting the basics right and getting the most out of these players.”
With the Colts integration system seeing the older leaders train with the senior squad; Armstrong has encouraged other players to take the reins, and he hasn’t been disappointed.
“With a group of our most experienced players such as Cody Grace, Max Walters, Rhys McAlister, Chris Bryan and Josh Deluca training with the senior squad were looking at the second tier players to step up and accept their roles. So far i’ve been impressed with guys like Adam Creeper, Tom Hooper and Brennan Pearce for filling the hole left by our senior players and leading from the front.”
Similarly to last 2013, Subiaco will enter the season with one of the youngest squads in the WAFL. But third year coach Armstrong has one simple goal; compete.
“Were a really young side and with a host of our older boys set to take part in the State 18’s Championship throughout the year, the younger players will be given the chance to contribute. As long as we’re competitive against quality sides then I will be a happy coach .”
The Colts will test the waters with an intra-club scratch match this Saturday to give the coaching staff a first-hand look at their young squad in match situations.
The senior Colts players McAlister, Grace, Walters and Bryan are expected to return to the side come round one against South Fremantle; so the younger players will be looking to impress in the pre-season scratch matches to make a bid for selection.