Crocs return to training in top shape
THE Port Douglas Crocs AFL side officially started training last Friday night.
New seniors coach Brad Cooper conducted his first training run, although football operations manager Jim Buckley has been putting the Under-21s through their paces for the past two months.
Crocs president Andy Smith said the efforts of the club’s next generation over the past two months has been encouraging for a club in a transition phase after a large contingent of senior players hung up their boots or left town at the end of last season.
“We’ve had 34 young kids on the track over the past couple of months and that shows their commitment to the club and the town,” he said.
Cooper said he was looking forward to injecting some senior players into the fold early in the new year to compliment their emerging young talent.
“We’re fortunate to have been able to develop a lot of our juniors in the last few years into the senior ranks and we plan to continue to do that,” he said.
“Port Douglas has a transient population so we’re always having to refresh our side but the young guys give us a solid base to build around and their efforts on the training paddock in the last few months have us in a good position.”
The club will be hosting a barbecue for players and supporters after the training run next Wednesday and everyone is invited to attend.
Anyone who wants to train with the Crocs can go down to training at the Port Douglas Sports Complex from 5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.