New Norwood coach Jarrod Cotton is steadfast in his aim to return the Redlegs to the major round in 2017.
Armed with the return of former AFL Redlegs Mitch Grigg (Adelaide), Dean Terlich (Melbourne) and Cam Shenton (St Kilda), Cotton is also looking to extract more from developing youngsters such as Zac Richards, Anthony Giannini and Matthew Nunn.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the former Crows assistant coach said improving the team’s ball movement has been a key focus during summer.
And this was certainly on display at The Parade last Friday night, when Norwood demolished Glenelg by 106 points while kicking a mammoth score of 24.14 (158).
Cotton is expecting more from experienced players such as Matt Panos and Simon Phillips, who endured injury-plagued campaigns last year while he also suggests Lewis Johnston should also benefit from knowing his team-mates better with a full season under his belt at Woods Street.
After fielding a strong team to confront the Tigers last Friday night, Norwood’s only injury concern is that of North Melbourne recruit Brad McKenzie, who is in doubt for Round 1 with an ankle complaint.
The Redlegs will play one more trial match – against Adelaide at The Parade on Friday night – before clashing with North Adelaide under lights on April 7 to open the season.