THERE is plenty of hop and bounce about the Kangaroos this pre-season. Despite not making it through to the NAB Cup grand final, the Kangaroos have had arguably one of the better pre-seasons in the competition given they have knocked off reigning premier Geelong and smashed the 2008 premier Hawthorn.
There is a lot of excitement down at Arden Street mainly due to the younger brigade and new coach Brad Scott; a new direction and finally some stability off-field.
Despite this, there’s still a huge reliance on Drew Petrie who will need another big year if the Roos are going to sneak into finals contention.
Sam Wright is one that is expected to have another huge year along with Jack Ziebell. Look out for rookie Majak Daw in the VFL who may even pop up with an unexpected AFL debut.
Forward Corey Jones, too, needs a big year with his contract running out at the end of the season.
On-field: Ben Cunnington, Ryan Bastinac, Aaron Black, Jamie Macmillan, Ayden Kennedy, Brayden Norris (NAB AFL Draft), Majak Daw, Matthew Scott (NAB AFL Rookie Draft)
Off-field: Brad Scott (senior coach), Shane Watson (backline coach), Brett Allison (forward line coach), Jon Haines (player development manager), Jason Lappin (development coach), Glenn Archer (backline coach, part-time)
B: Michael Firrito, Scott Thompson, Brady Rawlings
HB: Scott McMahon, Nathan Grima, Daniel Pratt
C: Daniel Wells, Jack Ziebell, Leigh Harding
HF: Matt Campbell, Drew Petrie, Brent Harvey
F: Ben Warren, David Hale, Lindsay Thomas
Foll: Hamish McIntosh, Liam Anthony, Andrew Swallow
I/C: Todd Goldstein, Lachlan Hansen, Levi Greenwood, Corey Jones
Our crystal ball: The Kangaroos will cause a few upsets this season. There are a lot of young, under rated players in the Kangas team including defender Scott Thompson and Liam Anthony. Brent Harvey is now the elder statesman and will lead from the front. The club will be happy with eight to 10 wins under a new coach. Prediction: 13th