Tigers in preseason hitout tonight
GRAFTON Tigers will begin preparations for the 2014 season tonight.
The Tigers finished third after being bumped out by eventual premiers Port Macquarie Magpies in the preliminary final this year.
They have grown only hungrier for success, and are on the search for another premiership to add to their 2011 and 2012 flags.
President Rod Sheather spoke positively of the club's preparations, with junior development one of his key focus areas.
"We should have teams in the 11s, 13s and 15s competitions and are keen for an 18s side," Sheather said.
"Nothing official has been decided yet but we are keen to chat to the Lower Clarence Eagles about pooling resources to make sure the kids have a team to play for.
"I don't care what we call the team - if we don't give them a team to play for we will lose the juniors to league or union."
The potential composite team is one of several plans Sheather's Tigers are trying to realise.
At the top of that list is the search for a coach.
"We have been talking to a few people but we're not over the line yet," Sheather said.
"Hopefully we'll get a lot of players turning up for a run.
"We've also got the Village Green locked down as a major sponsor."
Tigers premiership hero Dan Zacek will lead the club in two preseason training runs, starting with tonight's hitout.
Zacek said he missed the footy field last season after sitting out due to a new addition to his family.
"I put my hand up to take them for two training sessions," the South Grafton assistant principal said.
"It's mainly just to get the guys excited for the start of next season and something to look forward to.
"I'm looking forward to having a kick around with the guys as I missed it a bit this year."
Most of the Tigers committee has been returned for the new season.