LOOKING AHEAD: Western Mustangs player Blake Cullen in action against Sunshine Coast early this season.
LOOKING AHEAD: Western Mustangs player Blake Cullen in action against Sunshine Coast early this season. Nev Madsen

Mustangs coach focuses on local talent pool

RUGBY LEAGUE: A developing culture is key to the Western Mustangs returning to the winner's circle again in 2019.

The U20s team has been hitting the training paddock in preparation for a tilt at the title next season, and coach Eugene Seddon said they were on the right path to date.

"Training has been going really well. There's been a real focus on the environment and the culture we're setting,” Seddon said.

"After the lessons of last year we want to put more emphasis on the club values, and the players are buying in.

"It's a week-to-week thing and they are continually working each week, but so far they've been going really well.”

The Mustangs will look to take a 30-man squad into the Hastings Deering Colts season, and Seddon said a larger focus was being placed on local talent.

"We've got a 30-man squad and with putting a lot of finances into player development we have 28 spots filled,” he said.

"There is a good balance in the team. It's not just 20 front rowers and no halfbacks. We've got a good mix of middles, edges and outside backs.

"More so with the players we've brought in, we're looking for the person before the player, and so far the boys have been training the house down.

"There are a handful of players returning and some coming up from the U18s including the likes of Blake Cullen, Cody McNiece and Chris Chalmers.”

Two players from outside the area that will feature for the Mustangs are Sydneysider Hugo Traino and New Zealand-based Tarkyn Loloselo.

The Mustangs colts squad has been named. - Sean Teuma

SQUAD: Pat Brunner, Harrison Burns, Nathan Callaghan, Chris Chalmers, James Christensen, Koby Cubby, Jordan Crocker, Blake Cullen, Tom Davis, Alex Dunemann, Cody Evans, Mitch Farlow, Coby Ferguson, Jacob Halliday, Les Hartvigsen, Archie Holden, Austin Jennings, Laurie Jocumsen, Jordan Lipp, Tarkyn Loloselo, Cody McNiece, Huntta Mills, Jackson Mladenovic, Richard Murray, Benji Neliman, Liam Short, Tom Springate, Zac Stevens, Hugo Traino, Tyson White, Bailey Williams, Connor Williams, Jamal Woodbridge.



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