High hopes

December 27, 2017

Saints footy coach Luke Morgan has high hopes for the 2018 season after a couple of good weeks in pre-season training.

Benalla Saints head coach Luke Morgan says fans of the club can expect a side full of exciting young talents next year.

Morgan said the 2017 season had been a successful one for the club as a whole, as senior netball and footy sides made finals, and the B-grade netballers won the flag.

‘‘The year has been successful for us as a club, the B netballers won, we were able to play finals in seniors and thirds, and the girls (football side) made the grand final, too,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘We’ll be playing our juniors next year for sure, we pride ourselves in playing our young juniors and we’ll again be an exciting and young team next year.’’

Morgan said the Saints had retained ‘‘about 95 per cent’’ of this year’s first team, but were yet to announce any new signings ahead of the 2018 season.

‘‘We’ve kept a lot of them — we haven’t been able to add to that yet, but we’ve maintained them,’’ he said.

‘‘Around the league a lot of sides are finding it hard to recruit I think at this stage.’’

The Saints’ season begins at home at the Benalla Showgrounds on April 7, against the side that knocked them out of the finals this year — Seymour Lions.

Morgan said pre-season training was now put on hold for the festive season, but would be up and running again on January 22.

‘‘We wound up the training on Friday night and that’ll be us for this year,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been positive, which has been good, and we’ll look to continue that when we get back.

‘‘The numbers at the trainings have been okay, we’ve had a lot of young juniors which is good to see.’’

Morgan said it was still too early to get a grasp on where the side could expect to compete in next year’s Goulburn Valley Football League.

After the Saints take on Seymour at home, round two will be played away against this season’s 10th-placed Shepparton United, before round three sees reigning premiers Kyabram visit the Showgrounds.

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