Local talents ready to showcase their wares

By Tyler Maher

The next crop of potential Murray Bushrangers has been announced.

The TAC Cup outfit has named its under-18 boys and girls training squads ahead of next season, with 136 hopeful players set to work hard for the chance to pull on the Bushies jumper.

The girls’ list has been whittled down from an initial number of 150 to the 46 names, announced on Thursday.

Of those 46, at least 18 will be very familiar to football fans of the region, with local talents ready to showcase their wares throughout the preseason.

‘‘(The task was) difficult in selecting the preseason squad with so many talented young female footballers within our region emerging due to the exponential growth in female football,’’ female talent co-ordinator Briana Cossar said.

Almost half of the boys’ squad of 90 is made up of products from the Goulburn Valley and its nearby surrounds, with 43 names on the list coming from close to home.

‘‘The squad has been selected following club nominations, trial games and meetings with regional recruiting staff in a process that began in July this year,’’ Bushies talent manager Mick Wilson said.

‘‘Each player selected has demonstrated high level football traits and they now have a fantastic opportunity to develop their fitness and personal attributes as they participate in a rigorous preseason.

‘‘We understand that it takes extraordinary commitment from young footballers and their families and we look forward to providing an environment where each player improves through hard work and an appetite for continual development.

‘‘There will be a number of players disappointed not to make the squad, however we encourage them to continue to work hard on their fitness and skill level.

‘‘History suggests that a number of these players will develop and come into squads either throughout the season or in coming years.’’