Incentive boosted for Spirit

BUNDABERG Toyota Spirit players will for the first time receive financial bonuses based on their performance.

Each player who takes the field this season will collect $100 for a win and $50 for a draw, while bench players who are not used will receive 50% of that.

The total bonus will be collected at the end of the season, based on the player’s continued commitment to the club and good behaviour on and off the field.

While this looks good in principle, it would have counted for little last year — a solitary draw their only consolation.

Club president David Hillier and head coach Richard Mitchell are aware that a financial reward is not going to turn their troops into superstars overnight. But they do think the incentive will make a difference.

“We don’t expect them to play out of their skins for the sake of $100,” Hillier said.

“But I think it all helps contribute to that overall feeling.”

Mitchell labelled it as “another part of the web” to becoming a successful outfit.

“The players aren’t mugs, they know when we’re moving forward and they see this as another building block,” he said.

“I hardly doubt they will be thinking about that money when they are playing, it’s more about the whole package.”

Following the addition of Sunshine Coast player Kevin Clarke last week, the coaching staff now has its eye on another coastie in Ben Amson.

“We’re very close but we would like to have one more look at him first before we commit to anything,” Mitchell said.

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v QAS April 11

v Brisbane Strikers April 24

v FNQ Bulls May 22

v Whitsunday Miners June 19

v Sunshine Coast June 26

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