ON THE PROWL: Grafton Tigers AFL club are back in the hunt for more players and a new coach ahead of the 2016 season.
ON THE PROWL: Grafton Tigers AFL club are back in the hunt for more players and a new coach ahead of the 2016 season. Debrah Novak

Tigers on the prowl ahead of new season

AFL: The Grafton Tigers aussie rules club have been back on the Ellem Oval training paddock for the past three weeks with player numbers getting better as each week passes.

We have seen past players return to the fray, we have had a lot of new talent come to town from as far away as Western Australia and South Australia, and even some that have not played for years.

"Things are looking a lot better than they were last year, but we can always do with a lot more players," Club president Chris Schaeffer said.

"We are pleased with the numbers so far but we do sort of need a lot more players to help out around the club and to bolster the numbers if there are injuries later in the season.

"There is still a month of pre-season left but that time will be up before you know it."

Club veterans Warren Bagnall and Chris Leslie have been guiding the players during this off-season period, and will continue in those roles until the club secures a permanent coach.

The missing coach has not been for a lack of trying as returning club president Schaeffer has been busy trying to secure a potential off-field leader. The club has had one potential applicant come forward but as he works out of town he doesn't get back until late.

Chris is working hard to try and help the potential coach secure a job locally so he may lead the club into the future. If there any employers around town who have a position open in any field could they please contact Schaeffer on 0417433361.

The club has been busy in the warmer months securing a major sponsor for the upcoming season with the Village Green jumping on board and joining the prowl into this season. There are still a number of regular sponsors who have put their hands up to still support the club.

The Tigers have been a part of the Grafton Shoppingworld sign-on days over the past two weekends and will again be manning a stall there today and next weekend as there has been a good response so far.

But the club is still on the hunt for more players no matter the skill level. The Tigers welcome any interested future players to head down to the stand at Shoppingworld and have a chat and they will provide any and all the information on the upcoming season.

Junior and seniors train on Ellem Oval on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Juniors training kicks off at 5pm with the seniors to follow at 6pm.



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