Colts’ focus still on youth
LAST year’s grand finalists will continue the development of their young core as City Colts prepare themselves for the 2017/18 season.
With the loss of Cam Nottle to Greta and both Jacob Beattie and Hayden Murray to ACL injuries the focus on youth is more important than ever.
The development of players like Fraser Ellis, Ollie Willett, Mitch Giggins, Will Creed and Dylan Adams is crucial.
“We need to keep improving, we had a good year last year in making the grand final, but only one team can take out the prize; winning isn’t the be all and end all,” City Colts captain and coach Kent Braden said.
“We want to build a successful and sustainable culture.
“Another year of A grade cricket last year will allow us take another step this season.”
In more positive news for the Colts, Jayden Vescio will return from an ACL injury, while Mitch Glover and Nick Stebnyckyj have come on board.
LEADING THE WAY: Kent Braden will once again take the reins as the Colts’ captain this season.
“Nick will be able to fill the spin role I tried my hand at last year,” Braden said.
“Glover will be a longer term prospect, he has had trouble with his hips and back.
“There is no pressure on him, it’s just good to see him back playing cricket.
“Jayden coming back is huge for us, he will be given time to find his feet after coming back from an ACL and with an interrupted preseason because of soccer.”
As who is burning up the preseason training track, Dylan Adams has taken his cricket to the next level according to Braden.
“Dylan is bowling at the same level he was at the end of last year,” he said.
“For someone who took over 30 wickets last season, to be at this level is great news for us.
“He has just gone from strength to strength and I am expecting big things from him.
“Fraser Ellis and Ollie Willett have both had footy interrupted trainings but they’re looking good as well and their productivity should go up again.”