We pre­view Su­bi­aco’s sea­son

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Bryce Luff

AF­TER two mis­steps at the fi­nal hur­dle, the Lions are ready to roar again.

Su­bi­aco en­ters 2018 hunt­ing a fifth straight grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

Pre­mier­ships in 2014 and 2015 were fol­lowed by ag­o­nis­ing losses at the fi­nal stage to Peel Thun­der the fol­low­ing two years.

But Jar­rad Schofield’s squad ex­pects to be around the mark again, with a 14th premier­ship in its sights.

“Su­bi­aco has built a strong cul­ture around elite per­for­mance,” club spokesman Cameron Palmer said.

“Backed by a strong lead­er­ship group and a re­turn­ing group of play­ers who have been dis­ap­pointed in the fi­nal out­come of the last two grand fi­nals, we be­lieve we have the drive and pas­sion to go one step fur­ther in 2018.

“Led by a great coach­ing group who con­tinue to best pre­pare play­ers to suc­ceed in their roles, the club is well placed to again have an im­pact on the 2018 sea­son.”

Out of the squad is the re­tir­ing Wayde Twomey, West Coast re­cruit Liam Ryan and Rich­mond sign­ing Liam Baker.

To off­set its losses, the club has a num­ber of high-pro­file in­clu­sions for the 2018 cam­paign, in­clud­ing Ben New­ton, who played 17 AFL games with Port Ade­laide and Melbourne, and for­mer Fre­man­tle pair Josh Deluca and Zac Clarke.

“Kyle Hal­li­gan came back late last year and is set to make a real im­pact in our for­ward line af­ter los­ing some qual­ity play­ers to the AFL draft,” Palmer said.

“Ben New­ton is a for­mer AFL player of the high­est char­ac­ter who comes to the club and brings a dif­fer­ent depth to the Su­bi­aco mid­field.

“Ryan Borchet and Michael Braut are young play­ers who are highly re­garded in the Su­bi­aco sys­tem and we ex­pect to play more league foot­ball and have an im­pact in 2018.”

Su­bi­aco is aim­ing to go one bet­ter in 2018 af­ter two ag­o­nis­ing grand fi­nal losses to Peel Thun­der.

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