Magpies happy with new recruits
Tuesday, 30th December, 2014
By Ethan James
The Central Football Club is showing plenty of spirit in the festive break, according to coach Jarrod Hinton.
The Magpies wrapped up training before Christmas, with Hinton’s early impression positive.
Hinton previously coached the Magpies in 2010 and ‘11 and was appointed as head coach last month.
He said three new players have jumped on board and there could be more on the way.
Hinton said the club had secured the services of West’s Jake Hodgins and Liam King, as well as youngster Wade Eatts from Adelaide.
“Jake’s a big strong lad and can hopefully hold down a spot in the centre-half back line,” he said.
“Wade is his step-brother and he’s only young as well.
“He’s about six foot three, looks really athletic and can kick a ball a country mile.”
King made the transition across town from the Robins and is expected to slot in to a position in the centre of the ground.
“I think he’s going to play a major role in our team,” Hinton said.
“Perhaps he’ll take on interchanging and running through the middle, but that’s all something that we sort out in more detail after the break.”
The addition of Sean Power and Jackson McInnes will also add some starch to the squad.
The new faces couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
Central struggled for numbers through the senior grades towards the end of last season.
At one stage then-coach Brett Morris strapped on the boots alongside a host of rookies.
Ruckman Bayden Quinn, defender Mick Anderson, Curtis Jelbert and Alec Bray won’t be at the club in 2015.
Hinton said the departure of Anderson leaves a big hole.
“He was our skipper, so that’s how big of a loss he is... I think he was one of the better back flankers in Broken Hill.
“So, the guys who we have lost were in the top range of the squad.”
Hinton is yet to appoint a new captain, and will leave the call in the hands of the players and board.
“I’m not going to come in here and say ‘this guy will be captain’.
“There are a few names that I’ll put forward, guys like Linden Cox, Jarred Paull and even Michael Sullivan would be in the mix.”
The Magpies are hopeful of adding more recruits to their list from other clubs in town and are looking to lure two or three players from country South Australia.