Young Cubs a testament to the system
- Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Connor Wilkinson, Jordan Webster, Rhys McAlister and Michael Wood celebrate a goal
2013 marks a new age for the Subiaco Football Club with 23 seventeen year olds pressing claims for selection at Colts level.
These figures are a testament to the industrious Excellence Programs in place at Subiaco which continue to develop and prepare players for the next tier of football.
A rising rate of young players graduating to the next level has developed in recent years and the coaches have been more than willing to give them a chance to compete.
Head Coach Steven Armstrong wasn’t afraid to berth his young talent in 2012 giving then’ sixteen year olds Alex Coe, Adam Creeper, Cody Grace, Alex Wilkinson, Joshua Deluca, Tim Edwards, Thomas Hooper and Aaron Summers a combined 41 games.
With a year under their belt and their eyes firmly set on making an impact in 2013, senior Colts player Jordan Webster is confident that these young players all have the ability to make an impact in 2013.
“A bunch of the guys have already played games as 16 year olds, so they already know what it takes to play Colts football.”
“A few of the guys have looked really good in pre-season and will be in the mix for the starting 22 when the season starts.
Webster was in a similar position as these young footballers last year when he was a fledging rookie trying to make his mark on the Colts team as a 17 year old.
The roaming forward can now see how being a part of the Colts system immediately after graduating from the 16’s system is a huge benefit; which is a good representation of how the club aims to make the transition between the grades seamless.
The young players will be making their claims for starting positions this week as Subiaco travels to East Fremantle for the second pre-season game of the year.