Around The Club: November 2016
- Thursday, 27 October 2016
As the dust settles on 2016 the Subiaco Football Club are in a fantastic position moving forward.
The Lions have maintained success on and off the field over the last three campaigns and head coach Jarrad Schofield & Football Operations Manager Dan Vidovich are working hard to continue these procedures.
“We’re focused on balancing and strengthening our playing list for the upcoming season. We have an incredible amount of depth on our list and we will look to improve on our efforts in 2017.“ said Vidovich
The SFC offices will close between December 21 - January 18 but the Lions will continue preparing for a big 2017 season regardless. The football department will be busy amidst a host of duties including list management, recruiting, pre-season planning and player welfare.
AROUND THE CLUB
RYAN PRIMED FOR THE AFL DRAFT
Subiaco speedster Liam Ryan impressed at the 2016 AFL Combine and is a chance to go first round in the Draft.
AFL talent Manager Kevin Sheehan described Ryan as a "special" player who had soared into draft contention after a standout season in his first year in the WAFL.
"He's got a few tricks, with his agility, power and great leap, that make him very elusive," Sheehan told AFL.com.au.
"He'll need to build his endurance but his strengths are in other areas. There's plenty of x-factor and something special about him.
"We want and need another Eddie Betts. don't we?"
The 2017 McDonalds WAFL Premiershop season will commence on the weekend of March 18, a week prior to the AFL season. The season will consist of 20 games over 23 despite speculation of shortening the WAFL season.
WAFL General Manager Steve Hargrave said the WAFL had committed to retaining a 23-round season following a thorough investigation into alternative options.
"The research undertaken and the data collected clearly demonstrated that there is merit in moving to an 18-game model," he said.
"However, given the current Structural Review of WA Football and the impending recommendations that will result from this project, it has been decided to feed this business case into the broader review.
"As such and in the interests of providing all WAFL clubs with a clear position for the 2017 season, we can confirm that we will maintain the same fixture format of 20 games and 23 rounds for the 2017 WAFL League season.