Whitley Warriors’ recently confirmed that their long serving forward Daniel Good would be their skipper this coming campaign.
This will be Good’s second season as club captain, and he is now looking forward to the new campaign.
He said: “Training’s going really well, we have a lot of good players and Simon Leach (Warriors coach) has everyone training hard.”
Good highlighted Whitley’s new signings as well as the young talent that Warriors also have on their roster as positives for the new season.
“Adam Reynolds and Karl Culley look like their old selves, but the competition for places in our defence is massive,” he said.
“We have seven players that would be top blue liners on any team in this league.
“Youngster Ben Richards is looking very good in training and new goalie Mark Turnbull looks like he has real potential.
“A few more young lads started training recently and they all looked very steady so it will be interesting to see more of them over the next couple weeks in practice.”
As for the campaign itself, Good added: “I’m excited as the standard of all the top teams in the division is so high and there is no way to call which way it will go.
“Warriors team spirit is good too, there’s no clicks in the dressing room and everyone works for each other, so it’s lining up to potentially be a quality season.”
Two players who won’t be icing for Warriors next season are Garry Dowd and Anthony Price, who have both been confirmed as Billingham Stars players ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
Price joined Whitley towards the end of the last season to help Warriors out up front while Dowd had been player/coach for the last two seasons before leaving the club earlier this summer.
Warriors’ first social event of the season was a great success as players, coaching staff, officials and supporters all turned out for the club’s quiz night recently, which was hosted in the bar at Hillheads.
The players’ team led all the way until they were narrowly edged out of top place over the last couple of rounds of questions.