A permanent spot in Williamstown’s senior lineup will be hard to come by in 2013, with both sides greatly bolstering their lists over the pre-season.
Bulldogs Development Coach and Williamstown Senior Coach Peter German said the increased depth in both sides will cause a selection headache this season, forcing the team to take a more strategic approach in developing its list.
Eight new young pups are yet to have played in Seagulls colours, while the VFL side have made recruitment a priority this pre-season, signing 26 new players – including four previously listed AFL players.
“It’s exciting knowing that the talent we are going to be able to get this year coming down from the Western Bulldogs,” German said.
“I think that the players who do come down to Williamstown - whether they are older, experienced players or even some of the younger boys - I think it’s really, really going to … help for probably a stronger Williamstown side.”
Of the new look Williamstown outfit, German said at least 20 would be in the mix for round one, further emphasising the talent at the Seagulls disposal.
“Maybe 11 or 12 Williamstown players can only play in our senior side, where at the moment … there’s 20 players easy that can put their hand up, and say I am ready for round one,” he said.
German is insistent the Club will continue to pride themselves on winning the contest but have also spent the pre-season emphasising ball use - particularly moving the ball forward.
“We are going to play a strong, contested brand of football and really strong over the football,” he said.