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NEW Grovedale coach Bruce Wal­dron says his pri­mary fo­cus will be on de­vel­op­ing ju­nior play­ers when he takes the reins at Bur­doo Re­serve.

Wal­dron, who spent two years at the helm at St Mary’s be­fore de­part­ing just weeks out from this year’s fi­nals se­ries, is open to the pos­si­bil­ity of bring­ing new play­ers to the Tigers but said with the ad­di­tion of a points sys­tem and salary cap next year that his pri­or­ity was on the tal­ent al­ready at the club.

“I think the club re­alises that it is in a re­build­ing phase and with the points sys­tem com­ing in and a salary cap, the days of just im­port­ing a side from Mel­bourne are over,” Wal­dron said.

“So you have got to go back to ba­sics, and while we are a lot of play­ers down, it is a def­i­nite re­build.

“We are look­ing to get some play­ers in, though, to de­velop a good club cul­ture and I have been coach­ing against Grovedale when they have been very, very well sup­ported and they have had a hard year, but the courts have been re­done and next year I think there is a real buzz around the club.”

Grovedale was forced to play away from its home court in 2018 dur­ing re­de­vel­op­ment of its fa­cil­i­ties but will be back by round 1 next sea­son.

Wal­dron said he was ex­cited to be back in the game and was look­ing for­ward to see­ing how Grovedale pro­gressed af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing year.

“When I spoke to the com­mit­tee it was an op­por­tu­nity too good to re­sist to be hon­est,” he said.

“But we are un­der no il­lu­sions as to the job that is in front of us. You can’t just go and grab play­ers with the points sys­tem.

“We are cer­tainly look­ing to re­cruit but we will prob­a­bly look to re­cruit some younger play­ers and some B-graders who haven’t been get­ting an op­por­tu­nity in A-grade at their own clubs yet.

“We will try to get some younger play­ers who have left … but there are a lot of good play­ers around Gee­long, so we will look to de­velop a cul­ture where we bring in some lo­cal kids and every­one trains.”

Grovedale, which has not played A-grade fi­nals since 2015, fin­ished 10th on the lad­der this year with three wins.

Pic­ture: PETER RISTEVSKI

TEAM SPIRIT: New Grovedale net­ball coach Bruce Wal­dron hopes to de­velop the club’s young tal­ent.

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