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Staker puts Robins to test

Friday, 25th December, 2015

Former AFL player Brent Staker takes a training session at the West Football Club this week.  PICTURES: Darrin Manuel Former AFL player Brent Staker takes a training session at the West Football Club this week. PICTURES: Darrin Manuel

By Darrin Manuel

One of the West Football Club’s top exports was back in the Robins’ nest on Wednesday putting the players through their paces.

Recently retired Brisbane and West Coast player Brent Staker held a training session with West’s male and female playing group at See Park, with plenty of players in attendance.

Those hoping for a leisurely run around the oval with a club hero would have received a rude shock however, with Staker taking the players through a number of strenuous exercises and drills.

“It was good fun, the session went for about an hour-and-a-half and we covered about 6.5km,” said Staker.

“It gave them a bit of a taste of what it’s like to have an AFL session, and some handled it really well while others found out just what it takes.

“Just that training session last night, hopefully it’s good for the club and the players and they can learn a few things, because you want to help and not just look from afar.”

Staker said he continued to follow the Robins throughout his AFL career, and conceded it had been hard to watch his beloved old team languishing at the foot of the ladder.

“I’ve always kept my eye on them, of course Dad’s a big Westie and I know they’ve been through a few tough years.

“It is a bit annoying and disappointing, you really want to see them have a few wins and some success and just be competitive.

“But they’re still a young team and it doesn’t happen overnight - they just need time to realise that they’re good footy players.”

Staker said it was good to catch up his old clubmates and relax in Broken Hill and spend some time with his family.

He will continue his footy career next year with the Western Magpies in the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL).

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