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Players back team’s comeback

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United has gone from strength to strength on the park in 2018, and now it is better off the field too.

Looking to the future, the duo of president Colin Bacon and coach Kahl Oliver have signalled their intentions by committing to the club, as well as a host of players.

Big names in the Heathcote District Football League such as Colin’s son Jarod Bacon, Tyler and Bart Phillips, Liam Main, Lachie Collins and Tom Leech have all signed on the dotted line, committing to the Cats for at least a season longer.

Oliver said it was something the club needed to get on with, and they are glad to have locked them in at Locky for a while longer.

‘‘I’ll be coaching next year, and Simon Stewart will take charge of the twos once more, which is great to see.

‘‘We’ve signed on about 90 per cent of the current list, and that entails most of our big players I would say,’’ he said.

Oliver said that leaves only a few positions to attend to in the off season.

‘‘We still obviously want to improve again and we will get into recruiting mode after the season finishes, where I suggest we will be looking for some bigger on-ballers and a few other things,’’ he said.

Cats president Colin Bacon said the 2018 season has been a particularly impressive one, considering how the footy side fared in the 2017 HDFL.

‘‘To have 85 to 90 per cent of the senior players to commit for next year I think is great.

‘‘The team has gelled a lot better this year, and we have a lot more locals in the side, which has made it a heck of a lot easier.

‘‘Last year we had a lot of people travelling long distances to play which meant a lot less turn up to training,’’ he said.

Bacon said more locals meant more success on and off the field for the club.

‘‘With a lot of new players last year it meant we probably fell a bit short of where we wanted to be.

‘‘But with Oli on board, he has contacts and the respect from the players. We’re trying to get the club back up the ladder both on and off the field and this is a good start,’’ he said.