KYNETON coach Brian Walsh has been happy with the numbers at training so far, but says the Tigers need to get more of last season’s list on the track if they are to push up the Bendigo Football League ladder.
“Our numbers have been good – we’ve been getting our 30s and things like that – but we should be getting more blokes who played seniors and reserves last season at training,” Walsh said yesterday.
“We’ve been going for almost a month now and the more work you put in at this time of year, the better it is come the season.
“You look at the very good sides like Golden Square and Gisborne... as well as being very skilful, they are super fit.
“We’ve got to at least be able to lift our fitness so we can run out games and not be finished by half-time.
“We want to get the players fitter, but at the same time, you can’t forget the most important part and that’s skill. But the players have got to have the want to do the work.”
The Tigers have added a new forward to their list in Nick Arthur.
Arthur played with Woorinen in the Central Murray Football League this year, and has previously played with Sandhurst.
The Tigers have also added left-footer Jake Hyland, who has been dominating the pre-season running.
Arthur and Hyland join Trentham midfield brothers Corey and Dion Lawson as Tiger recruits.
Among the outs are defender Jayden Dole, who will play with Castlemaine.
Meanwhile, at Sandhurst, the Dragons have bolstered their big man department with the signings of ruckman Tim Martin and Ben Anderson.
Martin is a former Sandhurst player who this year played 12 senior games with WAFL club East Perth, while he has also been with VFL club Port Melbourne.
Anderson will provide the Dragons with a versatile key position player.