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Rejuvenated ‘Pies set sights on flag

Tuesday, 19th January, 2016

New Central player/coach Ben Camilleri is keen for the 2016 season and what it holds for the Magpies. New Central player/coach Ben Camilleri is keen for the 2016 season and what it holds for the Magpies.

By Patrick Reincke

A 2016 premiership is in the eyes of many at the Central Football Club with their pre-season starting back up last week.

The first side to start their pre-season training way back in November, Central is continuing to push hard in an effort to come away with silverware at the end of the season.

With good numbers rolling out to training on a consistent basis, along with a wide variety of new faces joining the side for the year, the Magpies are shaping up to be a real contender.

Continuing with his role as Co-coach of the A-grade side, Jarrod Hinton said he can’t wait for the season to kick off.

“It’s really exciting around the club at the moment,” he said.

“The trainings have been great and have seen a good turnout given how hot it’s been.

“We’ve got some really good footballers coming into the side; it’s going to be tough to get a spot in Reserves and A-Grade which is what we want.”

Among the list of new inclusions to the side are North’s Dylan Harris, West’s Heath Harris and Tom Kickett, Jackson McInnes and the returning Jay Carapellotti with a couple of others in the pipeline.

Hinton explained that the influx of players will make positions for the match day teams tough to earn and it will require commitment from the players.

“If you’re not at training, you won’t get the gig,” he said.

“If you want to play on Saturday, you’ve got to put in the effort on the track.”

Another person who is eagerly awaiting the 2016 is new co-coach and returning player Ben Camilleri.

After spending two years in the Sunraysia League, the 2010 Central premiership player is keen to lead his club to a title in 2016.

“Everyone’s really excited,” he said.

“All the boys have been putting in over the Christmas break and it’s great to see.

“We are in a very healthy spot right now.”

Talking about taking up a player/coach role, Camilleri said he’s not worried about the stresses of both roles.

“The good thing is we’ve got a lot of seniors blokes in the team.

“And also having Hints, Stenny (Shane Stenhouse) and Pagey (Alex Page) on the sidelines will make it all the more easier.

“I’m excited to see how we go this season.”

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