Caroline Springs ready to pounce

Stephen Brewer. Picture Damjan Janevski

Tara Murray

Caroline Springs believes it’s in a good position for a finals tilt in Western Region Football League division 1.

Having improved every year in the top flight, the Lakers were hoping for a finals berth in 2020, before COVID-19 hit.

With the majority of their list signing on and a few new recruits, Lakers football director Marc Raak said they were happy with how things were going.

Brodie Holland will again led the side after re-signing as coach.

“We were in a really good position, thinking that the season was going to go ahead,” Raak said.

“We had 50-odd on the training track and we were a bit devastated that it didn’t go ahead.

“We spoke as a club and set goals for this year to get into a finals game for the first time in div 1. The players and coaching staff are driven.”

Raak said they had lost just one player from this year’s squad, which was due to business commitments in Mildura.

Their new signings for 2020 have re-signed for next year, led by former Adelaide-listed player Will Young.

The Lakers have announced their first new signing for 2021, with ruckman Brock McGregor joining the club.

McGregor had been playing with Essendon District Football League premier division side Keilor. He missed last year’s premiership after injuring his knee.

“He is a ruck and it was a hole that we needed to fill, “ Raak said.

“We spoke with him a while ago about giving him an opportunity.

“What we are looking for suited us both and he’s looking to move into the Caroline Springs area and be part of our community.”

Raak said they were delighted with where the list was sitting at the moment. He said they were still talking to players.

“There’s one or two others we would like to add to our list as well.

“We’ll look to improve in one or two other areas.”

Like all clubs, the Lakers are unsure when they will be able to start pre-season training due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Raak said they would look to start as soon as they were allowed.

“We’re just waiting for clarification,” he said.

“When we’re allowed, we will be out there on that day we’re allowed.”