Thursday 10 February 2011

Veterans David Lillico and Nick Clark are training strongly and are keen to push on to register 200 senior games for the Panthers this season.

Longtime State representative Lillico will be like a new recruit after playing just five senior games last season due to a knee reconstruction.

Such is the depth at Morningside that big-game performer Clark was squeezed out of the premiership side after being injured late in the season, but he remains hungry for more success.

Former State half-forward Hayden Wilson, who has suffered a string of injuries in recent seasons, will try his luck at West Perth in the WAFL in 2011.

The Panthers have not gone on a huge recruiting campaign, preferring to groom more of the young talent that showed plenty of promise in the reserves.

Two of the younger brigade to have impress Panthers officials over summer have been rugged utility Ash Dean and clever midfielder-forward Blane Delbridge.

Both have worked hard in the gym and are tipped to take their games to a new level in 2011.

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