Youth and re­cruits key

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Do not try and tell South Cairns coach John Tootell (above) the Cut­ters will be re­build­ing in 2018 with the new lead­ing man at Fretwell Park con­fi­dent they will be right in the mix again. After chal­leng­ing over the last three sea­sons, the Cut­ters took a step back­wards last sea­son as they were sent pack­ing the first week of the AFL Cairns fi­nals.

DO not try and tell South Cairns coach John Tootell the Cut­ters will be re­build­ing in 2018, with the new lead­ing man at Fretwell Park con­fi­dent they will be right in the mix again.

After chal­leng­ing over the last three sea­sons, the Cut­ters took a step back­wards last sea­son as they were sent pack­ing the first week of the AFL Cairns fi­nals

Play­ing-coach Cameron Camp­bell de­cided 2016 would be his last with the white­board, fo­cus­ing on play­ing, with Tootell, pre­vi­ously at Cairns City Li­ons and Univer­sity of Queens­land in the QAFL, in­stalled.

With sev­eral club stal­warts step­ping back from se­nior footy next sea­son, Tootell is keen to bring in a mix of youth and re­cruits to the club.

“It is just about tak­ing the next step in Septem­ber, where we have seemed to strug­gle the last few years,” Tootell said.

“We have got that nu­cleus of a great team there.

“We want to in­tro­duce some young kids into our se­nior side and with the salary cap now com­ing in, you can’t just go out and buy play­ers.

“That puts the fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the youth and that is the plan we will fol­low.

“We will put some ex­peri“We’re enced heads around the kids to make sure they have got the sup­port.

“We will look to bring in a cou­ple of blokes to strengthen us up as we are go­ing to lose a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence with guys step­ping back.”

Cut­ters young­sters such as Alan Broad, Karl Petri, Lach­lan Dupuy, Nathan Caddy, Levi Nor­swor­thy and Sa­fua No­moa should fig­ure promi­nently next sea­son.

Cut­ters pres­i­dent Peter Kennedy has big plans for 2018.

“Our club’s not in a re­build­ing phase. We’re there­abouts al­ready,” Kennedy said.

just fine tun­ing. John comes in to as­sist us in that fine tun­ing.

“Youth is a big thing, but also find­ing the bal­ance with re­cruits and also just try­ing to find that next step to play fi­nals foot­ball and per­haps an­other premier­ship.”

The Cut­ters boys are stay­ing fit through the sum­mer with Zac Ewer and Damien Dewis reg­u­larly turn­ing out for Pint in the NTFL Di­vi­sion 1.

Pre-sea­son train­ing be­gins for the Cut­ters on Novem­ber 21 at Fretwell Park.

IT IS JUST ABOUT TAK­ING THE NEXT STEP IN SEPTEM­BER, WHERE WE HAVE SEEMED TO STRUG­GLE THE LAST FEW YEARS. WE HAVE GOT THAT NU­CLEUS OF A GREAT TEAM THERE JOHN TOOTELL

Pic­ture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

AT THE HELM: John Tootell will lead South Cairns into the fu­ture as the Cut­ters have ap­pointed the for­mer Cairns City Li­ons coach for the 2018 sea­son.

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