In­n­is­fail aim­ing to im­prove

The Weekend Post - - Sport - ELIS­A­BETH CHAM­PION

IN­N­IS­FAIL United’s new premier men’s coach is promis­ing play­ers will be fit­ter, faster and bet­ter pre­pared this sea­son after last year’s cam­paign saw the side col­lect the wooden spoon.

John Sa­longi, fresh from five years as a goal­keep­ing coach for the FNQ Heat and Cairns Foot­ball Club, has al­ready started whip­ping his men into shape.

“We had to get a start on it be­cause we haven’t got much time and if we don’t start and get things go­ing, these guys won’t be ready by the start of the sea­son,” he said.

“Hope­fully, we’ll be fit and have a bit of co­he­sion, oth­er­wise we’re go­ing to strug­gle.

“We have to win the first three games.”

The 2019 FNQ Foot­ball sea­son of­fi­cially starts in March, with the first game on Satur­day, March 9.

Sa­longi, a for­mer Cut­ters player, will be fo­cus­ing on his side’s form through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

The new coach will not hes­i­tate to fill the ranks with the club’s younger play­ers.

“I can see a lot of play­ers who will have to be pro­moted early in the piece, whether they are ready or not,” he said.

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