Albury Tigers off to a kick-start

ALBURY co-coach Daniel Maher says key recruits Brayden O’Hara and Jim Grills have already made their mark at Albury Sportsground.

Maher said the SANFL star and Holbrook youngster had both stood out on the training track since joining the Tigers.

Grills had the potential to fill the void left behind by former captain Charles Gaylard in future.

“Jimmy Grills is flying,” Maher said.

“He’s walked into the club and adapted straight away.

“There’s certainly not any pressure on him or anything but he definitely has that ability to develop into a Charlie Gaylard type player for us a few years down the track.”

O’Hara, meanwhile, is leading the way in the fitness stakes.

Central District’s reigning best and fairest winner, who finished seventh in the Magarey Medal, looks all but certain to join the elite bracket of players in his first Ovens and Murray season.

“He’s cut like a diamond, so a few of the boys have kept their shirts on at training this summer with him around,” Maher said with a laugh.

“Look, we think Brayden will add a fair bit to our group.

“He’s still got plenty of good footy in front of him.

“His work ethic and preparation is second to none.”

In more good news for the Tigers, powerhouse forward Andy Carey has been training and looks on track to have his biggest early season impact in years.

Carey’s brother Justin has also returned to the Tigers.

“Like most people we thought it might have been it for Andy but he’s decided to give it one last crack,” Maher said.

The Tigers are training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

They left for Mount

Bogong last night on their annual pre-season camp.

Maher said the club was unlikely to recruit any more.

“Obviously you get things like uni kids

arriving over the next few weeks,” he said.

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