Bulls begin charge into new season
ESTABLISHING training dates, considering a Director of Coaching and blooding more junior players - the Ipswich City Bulls wasted little time mapping out their strategy for next season.
Recently signed Division 2 co-coaches Nev O'Sullivan and Danny Wilson joined Bulls committee members for a productive one-and-a-half-hour meeting at the Sutton Park clubhouse on Saturday.
High on the agenda was creating a clear direction for the Bulls as they rebuild after being demoted from Division 1.
"Everything is going on the right track. It's looking good,'' O'Sullivan said of the club's goals.
"We wanted to set training dates and set up our structure.
"We nutted out a lot of things.''
O'Sullivan and Wilson are planning at least two Wednesday night training sessions for the top group from early December, before stepping up preparations from the first Thursday in January.
"Everyone's indicated they are going to come back,'' O'Sullivan said.
"The phones are going to start ringing next week.''
O'Sullivan said the club was planning a players' meeting in a couple of weeks.
The club looks to have an under-17 side arranged for next season.
"We'll just see about the 19s,'' O'Sullivan said. "Sometimes that age group is hard to get players.
"We're going to try and blood some of the 17s into Reserve grade and everything like that.
"We want to try and get that transition from junior football to senior football then getting them playing good football, getting their techniques right.''
The new coaching team was only appointed last week.
"It's down to the work side of it now,'' O'Sullivan said.
"Danny and I are really keen to get out on the field and work with the guys. Show them what we've got to offer and what kind of football we're going to be playing.
"I think they're going to adapt to it pretty well.''
The club will consider a Director of Coaching position this week.