Coach fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing young play­ers

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - DEMONS SEASON PREVIEW -

AN eye to the fu­ture is shap­ing the Wa­roona Demons’ strat­egy for the 2018 sea­son.

League coach Dean Tay­lor says his fo­cus will be on de­vel­op­ing young play­ers.

“We’re go­ing to fo­cus on young blokes and get some games into them so we can be suc­cess­ful in the fu­ture as well,” he said.

Tay­lor said the team had been suc­cess­ful in the last cou­ple years, in­clud­ing grand fi­nal ap­pear­ances in the past two sea­sons, but a de­ci­sion had been made to build for the fu­ture.

“We’ve got to sac­ri­fice for a year or two and get these young blokes to 40 or 50 games,” he said.

Tay­lor said it was still un­de­cided on who would fill the role of cap­tain.

He said pre-sea­son train­ing fo­cused on build­ing all-round skills and fit­ness – with par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion on kick­ing skills.

“Foot skills are mas­sive, if you don’t have foot skills you’re just giv­ing your op­po­nents the ball all the time,” he said.

A new ad­di­tion to the side this sea­son will be Luke Slater, from Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault.

“He’s pretty lean and runs all day, hope­fully he can play a big role for us this year,” Tay­lor said.

With the team’s fo­cus on ex­pe­ri­ence for the younger play­ers, Tay­lor said he was pre­pared for a slow start to the sea­son.

“They’re go­ing to be a bit green early on but later in the sea­son they’re go­ing to be a bit more at home out there,” he said.

Demons' Ben­jamin Wright and Bradley Starr con­test a mark against South Man­durah.

Lean Luke Slater is join­ing the Demons this sea­son.

Wa­roona's Adam Clancy punches the ball clear of an op­po­nent.

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