Ipswich City Bulls Club president Brad Hockins is pleased with the pre-season planning for next year.
Ipswich City Bulls Club president Brad Hockins is pleased with the pre-season planning for next year. Rob Williams

Pride and passion key for Bulls

PROFESSIONALISM, pride and practice - they are three of the buzz words the Ipswich City Bulls are using to reinvigorate the football club next season.

Stepping up senior preparations for next season, the Bulls held a mid-week meet and greet session at Swifts Sports Club.

The message from recently appointed co-coaches Nev O'Sullivan and Danny Wilson was clear - the Bulls are going to adopt a new approach in 2012.

"It's not just a squad or team we are building, it's a club," O'Sullivan said, having joined the Bulls after three seasons with Western Spirit.

"We don't want to take the fun out of it but we have to have a purpose with what we're doing."

O'Sullivan said he and Wilson had similar goals in the direction they wanted to take the club.

Praising Wilson for being one of the best technical coaches he's seen, O'Sullivan said the 2012 focus would be getting the best out of players.

"I don't call it training. I call it practice," O'Sullivan said.

"What we are going to really emphasize is we're going to practise what we're going to play on the weekend.

"The players have got the skills.

"We've just got to get them in the right mindset and get the right system going and things should go all right.

"I really enjoyed working with Danny with the Ipswich team (last season playing Brisbane Roar).

"It's not Einstein stuff. We're just pushing in the right direction."

Wilson agreed it was up to the players to take what they were offered and reach the next level.

"We'll be playing at a high fitness level - short and sharp," Wilson said, keen to see the players' confidence grow.

"We will be together. We are going to enjoy it. If we trust each other, we will succeed."

The club is planning an eight-week gym program at Healthworks to get the players ready for the new season.

The club's first training session is set down for December 6.

Experienced strapper Glen Brown is also committed to helping the club after 12 years serving Ipswich football.

Reserve grade coach Dan Burnell was encouraged by the mid-week session.

"There's been no end of meetings and hard work behind the scenes to get us to this point, so now we're really looking forward to getting the football operations started," Burnell said.

"Rebuilding the club culture and getting that winning attitude back will be key for us this season."



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