Young Magpies bolstered by more imports


WEST Griffith SC's young guns will be surrounded by even more experience this season after the arrival of another two overseas imports this week.

While they won't play any part in tomorrow's Real Juice Cup knockout, the Scottish pair will further strengthen Magpies outfit that looms as a potential GDFA dark horse.

Wests have also regained Dean Cappello, who spent last season with champions Yoogali SC, in addition to the three English signings announced earlier this month.

Co-coach Frank Portolesi said numbers at training recently have been "phenomenal".

"It's back to a real, good club feel," he said.

"I guess it's because so many of the young boys have now been together that they're starting to get that real close mateship together. 

"They're enjoying themselves at training and after training, and if you're enjoying yourself you'll do a hell of a lot better. It's really good to see.

"All of those young guys know what it's already like in first-grade. The beauty of it is they have got seniors and experience around them to add a bit of a backbone. 

"They can just go out there and play naturally, without having to worry too much and just play their game. 

"They're a year older, certainly a lot fitter and physically they're quite bigger. They've come a long way."

Portolesi said Cappello is nursing an ankle injury but has been registered for the Real Juice Cup and is expected to play some part in the lucrative knockout tournament.

"It'll give everybody a chance to have at least a run," he said. 

"Nine-a-side will be completely different and open but it's a chance for a bit of competition so everyone can get ready for the season."

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