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Solid start for Lions

Belmont Lions coach Nathan Bisset speaks to his players at training on Monday night. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Darren Phillips)

A 2km time trial and beep test have greeted Belmont Lions players on their return to training on Monday night.

The Lions had 54 players on the track at Winter Reserve as they prepare for what will hopefully be Nathan Bisset’s first season in charge after COVID-19 denied him the opportunity to coach the club in 2020.

“We knew we were going to have some good numbers with the amount of (recruiting) work we’ve been doing during COVID.

“We made it our focus to recruit heavy but to retain as well.

“And as far as we’re aware, we’re keeping 100 per cent of our list, while also adding 22-25 players.”


Among those making an appearance were former Bannockburn premiership forward Brent Jacques, returning big man Brodie Edge (Kolora Noorat), and ex-Wyndhamvale duo Corey Goforth and Mitch Gough.

“Out of our five key signings, four of them were on the track, with an apology from the fifth,” Bisset said.

“All of them were moving very well; they’ve kept themselves in good shape during this rough year.

“I look forward to seeing a lot more out of them in the coming weeks.”

Bisset says the substantial numbers will result in competition for spots in both the Lions’ senior and reserve grade teams.

“We’ve focused on pushing competitiveness for those spots,” he said.

“When blokes feel like they don’t have to push for the spots, it does create a little bit of complacency.

“With 54 faces on the first night – only 44 can play Round 1, so it definitely creates that healthy competition within our group for those spots.”

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