Stewart Drinkeld
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Knights still fine-tuning for 2016 BPL campaign

EVER the perfectionist, Stewart Drinkeld is expecting more from his team as the 2016 Brisbane Premier League season rapidly approaches.

The Ipswich Knights have displayed some promising signs in recent Silver Boot pre-season and trial matches preparing for their opening BPL game at home next Sunday.

However, the Knights head coach is yet to see a performance he wants preparing for the start of the new season next weekend.

"It's been up and down,'' Drinkeld said.

"We've done the Silver Boot (pre-season competition) and all those things and we didn't do particularly well, although I was trialling a lot of new faces.

"We're still short on consistency.''

Drinkeld hopes tonight's BPL and Reserve grade team trials against Taringa at Bundamba provide another useful workout.

In positive news for the Knights, the club has welcomed back fromer Golden Boot winner Peter Drager (from Western Pride) and has recruited Lions flanker Andy Butler.

The major off-season losses are Japanese pair Taiga Ishikura (Moreton Bay) and Motoki Kakehi (Brisbane City), along with Ryan Faichnie (Rochedale).

However, the core of last year's side remains intact including regulars like Dale Robinson, Devon Munn, Lucas Wilson. Dan Liddy, Matt Flick and Mitch Davis.

Defender Chris Butler will captain the side, which finished eighth last season with eight wins and three draws.

"Generally, we're on track,'' Drinkeld said. "I'm pretty comfortable where we are at.

"We just want to start getting some good results on the board.''

The Knights first game of the BPL season is against Albany Creek at Bundamba next Sunday.

Today's trials are at 5pm and 7pm.



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