Bundy Spirit to toughen up

The first steps of Bundaberg Spirit’s 2010 Queensland State League campaign will begin today when players arrive at Martens Oval for the first training run of the season.

After two losing seasons in the state league, new manager Richard Mitchell has promised to toughen up the Bundaberg squad, and his players will get a first-hand look at the new approach at training tonight.

“It’s going to get a bit more serious now,” Mitchell said.

Prospective Spirit players have been training with the squad since late last year, but the coaching staff is yet to finalise a playing roster.

Those sessions were mainly skill drills with footballers trialling to make the Spirit squad next season.

Mitchell said two Bundaberg sides, under-19s and seniors, would compete at the start of the upcoming season.

“We’re hoping all those players who came at the end of last year will turn up,” Mitchell said.

Since he was confirmed as Spirit coach last year, Mitchell has preached the fortunes of the club will soon turn a corner.

After two seasons at the bottom of the state league ladder, Bundaberg will have to make strides this season.

The under-19 team will hope to make a faster impression on the competition than its senior counterpart has in the past two seasons.

This year will be the first year Bundaberg fields a team in the state league’s under-19 competition.

Mitchell said there had been encouraging signs that Bundaberg would field a strong team in that age group.

But the coaching position is yet to be filled.

Mitchell said the club had decided on a coach for next season and was in the process of signing him for next year.

“There are just some finer details we have to work out before we can announce it,” he said.

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