Successful juniors hold the key for Albury Hotspurs in 2017 AWFA season

UNDERDOGS: Matt Townsend in action for Albury Hotspurs last season. Spurs are set to give plenty of opportunities to the club's younger players this season.
UNDERDOGS: Matt Townsend in action for Albury Hotspurs last season. Spurs are set to give plenty of opportunities to the club's younger players this season.

Albury Hotspurs won just five games last season and will continue its rebuilding phase with a focus on youth this AWFA campaign.

The club hopes it’s successful junior program will pay dividends at senior level, due to its difficulty to maintain strong playing numbers.

Coach: Robbie Tuksar

Last year: 10th

Fittest player in pre-season: Jon Cochrane

Key man: Lewis Parrett

Gains: Sam Thorman

Losses: Indra Ggai (Albury CIty), James Eggleston, Mark Belgre

What the coach says: “If our young players can step up, it will give us a great chance of having a successful season,” Spurs’ coach Robbie Tuksar said.

What we say: Sam Thorman is a handy pick up and will work hard for the squad.

It's no secret that Spurs have struggled for numbers and will rely heavily on the successful juniors that have come through.

It will be a tough year for the club, but the players will grow throughout the year.

We predict a tough start, but if the squad stays positive and sticks together, expect Spurs to surprise a few sides in the second half of the year.

Prediction: 11th

If our young players can step up, it will give us a great chance of having a successful season.

Robbie Tuksar