Coach focused on developing young players
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.