Norths Devils

RLW pre­dic­tion: Bot­tom third

Rugby League Week - - Intrust Super Cup -

2016 fin­ish: 11th Coach Mark Glid­don: An in­flux of play­ing tal­ent will no doubt help Glid­don mark his third sea­son in charge of the Devils by tak­ing the club to the semis for the first time — and fire­power and tack­ling prow­ess were a big fo­cus in the off­sea­son: “We played Red­cliffe last year and their mid­dle bashed us, so we’ve re­cruited heav­ily in that area and bought some qual­ity fron­trow­ers. Our de­fence was also poor last year and we’ve had a ma­jor over­haul there and worked re­ally hard on our ground work and our wres­tle. We have to be tougher in the mid­dle.”

Player to watch: “Delouise Hoeter has played seven NRL games for the Tigers and you can tell he’s been well coached. He’s good on the ground and on his feet and I reckon he is the best de­fen­sive cen­tre in the comp. Our cap­tain Billy Brit­tain said to me that ev­ery time he jumped down the short side last year, Delouise whacked him. He also com­petes on ev­ery play.”

KEY GAINS: Delouise Hoeter (Townsville Black­hawks), James Tay­lor (Souths New­cas­tle), Stephen Coombe (Wyn­num Manly), Tama Koopu (New­cas­tle Knights)

KEY LOSSES: Billy So­lah (Wyn­num Manly), Jay­den Ber­rell (Wyn­num Manly)

DELOUISE THE DE­STROYER Hoeter has a rep­u­ta­tion for sting­ing de­fence.

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