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Import boosts Spirit

Mat Mills looks to play the ball for Bundaberg Spirit in their trial clash with Noosa.
Mat Mills looks to play the ball for Bundaberg Spirit in their trial clash with Noosa. Scottie Simmonds

STAR signing Adam Ormsby has arrived to boost Bundaberg Toyota Spirit ahead of their final pre-season trial match against two-time defending champions Sunshine Coast Fire in Hervey Bay tomorrow.

With the start of the Queensland State League season just a fortnight away, Spirit coach Tony Roebuck said the return of tall defender Ormsby was a boost.

Ormsby, who previously shone for the club during a three-month stint in the 2010 season, started the A-League season with Central Coast Mariners but is returning from an injury-enforced lay-off.

"It is fantastic to have big Adam back into town and he will play - he has got taller and stronger and will be great for us," Roebuck said.

He said their preparation had been good since their first trial which resulted in a 4-0 victory over Noosa Lions three weeks ago.

"The club boot camp a fortnight ago was good and successful - we reflected on it (on Thursday night) - the guys seem to have taken a lot out of it and their fitness levels have increased because it was a fantastic effort by the lads in Agnes Water," he said.

"The conditions were tough because it was very hot but to their credit, everyone completed everything we did, and as a squad, it was fantastic.

"It is a good challenge for us this weekend in our progression to the first round, but this is the last trial and I guess I will finalise the squad this week and it's a great opportunity for not only fringe players, but some regular players, to cement their places for the first game."

Roebuck said captain Brett Kitching continued to set the standard in the club and he looked primed for a big season.

"Kitchy is looking in good form and so is Jason McEwan in goal and Jack Hambrecht - (new signing) Matt (Eilers) will definitely push Jason (McEwan) but he will play the first half in under-19s and probably get the last portion of our game," he said.

"But we will be without four players this week - Corey Haack, John Brillante and new recruit Josh Killer - they are away on holidays at the moment but are due back next week - and Josh Metcalf has an injured groin."

Roebuck said even though it was a trial game, it "would be nice to win".

"But we will go out with a certain plan to try and play and I'm looking for the fringe players and the likes to step up and show me what they've got and try a couple of things as well - there's about eight of them," he said.

"At this stage, I'm comfortable where we could possibly be, come the first round - I've still got Zac Freeburn to come from the Mariners before the first round and possibly another there as well.

"But hopefully we can be injury-free this weekend and next weekend freshen up and get the other import into town and hopefully hit the ground for round one."

The Spirit's Youth League team will meet the young Fire at 2pm before Hervey Bay does battle with Gympie in an under-19 clash at 4pm, prior to the main game at 6pm.

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