BRIGHT SIDE: The loss of Ryan Binge has hurt the Lower Clarence Magpies but captain coach Ryan McGoldrick is positive as it opens the door for youth.
BRIGHT SIDE: The loss of Ryan Binge has hurt the Lower Clarence Magpies but captain coach Ryan McGoldrick is positive as it opens the door for youth. Debrah Novak

"It is a case of classic old bush footy" - McGoldrick

RUGBY LEAGUE: Lower Clarence Magpies coach Ryan McGoldrick has settled into the Lower Clarence well but the fluctuation in player numbers at training sessions does have the coach a little antsy.

"It is a bit of the case of classic old bush footy," McGoldrick said.

"Trying to get people to commit to every training session is hard. It is a bit up and down for our side. Some nights we have way too many, then others it just drops off completely."

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McGoldrick said the amount of sides in the region all vying for talent from the same pool was a real compounding issue to get players to commit to clubs.

"I do have guys from outside of the area who are willing to come in," he said. "But as I have said from the start I want to give all the local blokes a chance to play for their Magpies."

McGoldrick said the talent pool in the Lower Clarence had been evident during early training sessions especially in the younger ranks with a burgeoning Under-18s roster.

"That is the promising bit for our club," he said. "When you have enough kids turning up it is great to see but we need a few experienced heads to guide them.

"In the next two to three years all those 18s will be lining up in our first grade squad. They are the future of the club so to see them turning up in numbers is fantastic."

While McGoldrick has not put the dream of finals football to bed just yet he admitted the Magpies needed to be realistic in their season aspirations.

"We just need to keep improving on the field and off the field," he said. "Just better the year before."



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