COLAC Tigers coaching officials will give the club’s newest batch of senior footballers plenty of chances to earn a senior-level spot.
The Tigers resumed pre-season training this week with a host of its former 2011 under-18 premiership players joining the training group.
The club has had difficulty retaining players once out of the juniors in the past, but teenagers Lachy Simpkin, Mark Morrow, Paul Presani and Tom Whytcross were all among the club’s pre-season training this week.
Sixteen players were set to step out of the junior ranks this season, but a league change from under-18 to under-18.5 means five players, including Simpkin and Presani, can still play juniors in 2012.
“It’s pretty good to see, more than likely if they put in the hard work they’ll get a chance at senior level,” coach Matt Gibson said.
“I want to blood a few of those guys like Reecey Karacsay, Paul Presani – give them a crack and see how they go,” he said.
Gibson said he would use the club’s practice matches in March to test the young players.
The Tigers will meet the former club of Tigers midfielder Luke Theodore, Spotswood, plus Ballarat Swans and Hampden league
reigning premier South Warrnambool.
“I’ll have a look at them in the practice games but we’re also bringing in a lot more games and match-style stuff at training,” Gibson said.
“It’s definitely good to be back onto the track and into that routine again – the guys have kept themselves in good condition over Christmas and everyone’s really positive,” he said.
The Tigers have attracted training numbers around the 30 mark since training resumed.