Devils to go one bet­ter

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

TALK of go­ing one bet­ter in 2015 has Isis Devils play­ers, coaches and com­mit­tee keenly await­ing the new sea­son.

The Devils reached their first grand fi­nal in years only to fall to the much more ex­pe­ri­enced Wests Pan­thers out­fit 42-28, but moves are well and truly un­der­way for a more suc­cess­ful cam­paign next sea­son.

Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi may have played his fi­nal game for the club, but he will try to guide the Devils to the premier­ship as coach.

Kevin Grant took over the club’s pres­i­dency at the Devils’ AGM a few weeks ago, with out­go­ing pres­i­dent Bill Trevor re­tained as vice pres­i­dent.

Trevor said much of the squad was al­ready re­signed for the sea­son, adding the grand fi­nal ex­pe­ri­ence would only help the play­ers.

“Si­mon was the only bloke to have played in a grand fi­nal be­fore this year,” Trevor said.

“I’d say we’ve re­signed about 80% of our roster for next sea­son.”

Trevor said Bund­aberg Rugby League had con­sid­ered ex­pand­ing the com­pe­ti­tion to an eight-team, three-round for­mat, and as a re­sult the side would not re­turn to pre­sea­son train­ing un­til early next year.

“There will def­i­nitely be blokes out there do­ing their own thing, but I’d say they’d pos­si­bly re­turn in Jan­uary,” Trevor said.

The Devils’ fo­cus on re­ten­tion means the club will most likely not have any big-name sign­ings, though Trevor was de­lighted at the prospect of field­ing three sides in 2015.

“We’ll have a team in all three grades for the first time in about 10 years,” Trevor said.

While trial games are still a long way off, Trevor said the Devils would most likely play pre­sea­son fix­tures against Nam­bour Crush­ers and a side from Glad­stone.


COACH: Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi re­tired in his play­ing ca­pac­ity after the 2014 grand fi­nal.

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