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THE Ellenbrook Eels Se­nior Foot­ball Club is set for an­other strong sea­son ahead of its first game next month with new coach, for­mer AFL player Justin Wood.

The league side was knocked out in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals last sea­son and, ac­cord­ing to pres­i­dent An­drew Cox­all, there is a sense of “un­fin­ished busi­ness” around the club.

Cox­all said it was the fourth year the team had fin­ished third and this year it was de­ter­mined to make the grand fi­nal.

He said dur­ing pre­sea­son train­ing he had seen the best num­bers on the track since he started with the club about five years ago.

“We’ve got a lot of kids com­ing from Ellenbrook Dock­ers Club, which is re­ally ex­cit­ing to see and what the next few years will bring with them com­ing through the ranks,” he said.

The 2017 sea­son will see the re­turn of Founders Medal­list Lo­gan Ashby and his twin brother Daniel, who was re­turn­ing from the WAFL.

“The ones to watch will be Lo­gan. He is train­ing re­ally well and is look­ing for­ward to an­other big year,” Cox­all said.

“Daniel has re­turned from East Perth and will also be a key player.

“James Ken­dall was the lead­ing goal scorer last year with 95 goals, and hope­fully he will help take us to the next step this year.”

Cox­all said the team was hop­ing to take the next step this year and make it to the grand fi­nal and ul­ti­mately go up a grade.

The teams to watch this sea­son would be Piara Wa­ters, Bel­mont and Cottes­loe.

“We’ve got a new coach in Justin Wood, who is a for­mer AFL and WAFL player and he has coached at an A grade level, so he brings with him a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and (will) help take the club for­ward,” he said.

The team will take on St Nor­bert’s Ex-Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball Club in an away game for its first game of the sea­son on April 8, be­fore its first home game and largest game of the year on April 22 for An­zac Day.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466837

Ellenbrook Se­nior Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent An­drew Cox­all.

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