Senior Coach of the Norwood Football Club, Jarrod Cotton believes his side is tracking well as they prepare for a busy preseason schedule less than three months before the season opener against Sturt on Easter Monday.
In what is now Cotton’s second year in charge of the Redlegs, he told norwoodfc.com.au he is feeling optimistic heading into Season 2018.
Speaking to Cotton, he mentioned that the team has been training really well, with a high intensity. He also went onto to state how pleased he was with some of the results in the time trials since the players returned from their Christmas break.
“The boys trained really well in that five week block leading into the Christmas break,” said Cotton.
“Obviously, there are some new players to the group that have adjusted really well since coming in. Michael Talia, Mitch Wilkins, Declan Hamilton, Caleb Edmead, Daniel Johnston, Will Abbott, Luke Surman and the Wilson brothers have all trained really well.
“The senior group has set a great example with there standards, so there have been plenty of positives to take out so far.
“Since returning we have had some really encouraging signs, especially with the results from 2K time trials on Monday.”
Norwood have now started training again as they prepare for SANFL Fast Footy which begins in mid-February, amongst two trial games against West Adelaide and Centrals.
Cotton said he is rather looking forward to the months ahead in terms of watching his younger players develop in the Fast Footy as well as seeing his side improve in readiness for Round One against the reigning Premiers Sturt.
“As a whole Football Club we are feeling really excited and fresh heading into the upcoming months,” Cotton explained.
“Obviously it’s my second year as Coach and second preseason, so managing my time and the player’s time has been a focus.
“It’s important that in the preseason we really focus on the fundamentals and make sure we are executing them at an elite level.
“Apart from that I’m really excited about the SANFL Fast Footy opportunity especially to see some of our younger kids play.
“So I’m really pleased with how we are progressing, however we still have plenty of improvement left in us until we take the field on April 2.”