Went­worthville Mag­pies

2016 fin­ish: Ninth

Rugby League Week - - Nsw Cup -

The coach says: “Each NSW Cup team can have a dif­fer­ent side ev­ery week so the main thing is mak­ing sure our ef­fort’s not com­pro­mised with all the lit­tle things we do week in, week out,” Nathan Cay­less in­sists. “Things are go­ing to hap­pen on the field, things are go­ing to go wrong, er­rors are go­ing to hap­pen, but one thing you can’t let hap­pen is a lack of ef­fort or a lack of in­ten­sity – that’s some­thing the coach­ing staff and play­ers can con­trol. It’s a bit of a stan­dard that the Eels guys at NRL level have set and we’ll try and make sure that fil­ters all the way down.” The fi­nal make-up of the side will be in­ter­est­ing be­cause there’s real com­pe­ti­tion for the key play­mak­ing roles. Dy­lan Iz­zard and Cameron King were fan­tas­tic for the Mag­pies at the back end of 2016 but they’ll have to beat out NRL veteran Jeff Rob­son and Burleigh Bears star Ja­mal Fog­a­rty.

Player to watch: When Brad Arthur analy­ses the pre-sea­son he’s sure to talk about classy full­back Honeti Tuha ( above), whose com­mit­ment to train­ing only adds to his grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as a po­ten­tial NRL cus­to­dian af­ter a break­out sea­son for Wenty last year. “Honeti’s been a real stand­out in the pre-sea­son for the NRL squad,” Cay­less says. “He’s had a won­der­ful pre­sea­son, just some of the stuff we’ve seen him do, and speak­ing with some of the NRL coaches as well, they’re re­ally im­pressed with how he’s been train­ing. His real strength is off-the-cuff footy. He’ll see an op­por­tu­nity and look to cap­i­talise on it ev­ery time. He’ll sniff out an op­por­tu­nity and make some­thing hap­pen.”

KEY GAINS: Jeff Rob­son, Ja­mal Fog­a­rty, Ge­orge Jen­nings

KEY LOSSES: Ryan Mor­gan, Kieren Moss

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