Souths mark out path for young talent

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
The squad will train weekly during a “mini” pre-season.
Camera IconThe squad will train weekly during a “mini” pre-season. Credit: Picture: Michael Traill, Michael Traill.

The best young footballers in the region gathered at Clayton Road Oval on Monday night for their first training session of the year with South Fremantle.

Twenty-two players from the Upper Great Southern Football Club were invited to the Bulldogs’ intensive “core” development squad training session, which will run weekly.

Drawn from 14s, 15s and 16s development squads that compete in Perth during WAFL carnivals, an extended Bulldogs colts list and South Fremantle’s UGSFL Rams representative program, the 22 players are being prepared to crack into the Bulldogs for 2019.

South Fremantle talent manager Jason Pedulla said the training sessions would emulate what emerging players were exposed to in the metropolitan area.

“These are the guys that are pushing to play for South Fremantle earlier,” he said. “They’ll form the nucleus of the squad that will represent the Upper Great Southern in Lake Grace this year. It’s the boys that are also pushing to play for the colts or 16s (development squad) for South Fremantle.”

Mr Pedulla said the program gave opportunity to talented players to pursue elite football.

“We think there’s a lot of talented kids out in the regions, and we want to give them the opportunity to pursue their football in Perth while still living in the regions,” he said.

“(Invited players) train at a higher standard than what they may get at their community club.”

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