Seagulls snap up players
IT IS marvellous what Father Time and the prospect of a new footy season can do for one's spirit.
Just six weeks ago Ben Anderson was a shattered man, as he moved among his equally devastated players, proffering some words of consolation after his Tweed Heads Seagulls were beaten in the Queensland Intrust Cup grand final by Wynnum Manly at Suncorp Stadium.
The Seagulls coach and his players were entitled to be crushed by the loss. After all, they had finished the home-and-away series as minor premiers and had set a string of Intrust Cup records, including the longest unbeaten sequence since the competition began.
But the coach is back, reinvigorated and champing at the bit to get back into footy.
"Of course it was bitterly disappointing losing the grand final after all the hard work we had put in throughout a long season, but that's football," Anderson said.
"But after a few weeks, you just learn to put it behind you and think about the future."
The coach has been doing more than thinking.
He's been busy ensuring the key players who served the club so well across all grades last season are signed to pull on Seagulls jerseys once again, as well as snapping up a number of recruits to help bolster player depth.
They include five players out of last season's Titans under-20s - Sean Kearney, a utility back, forwards Blake Anderson, Sam Ross and Layne Windley, and winger Aaron Fairweather.
"We've also been fortunate to find Brenton Fidok, a very skilful five-eighth who played first grade in the powerful Newcastle A-grade competition this year," Anderson said.
The Seagulls will start their pre-season training program at Piggabeen Sports Complex on November 14, when the club also hopes to unveil a new gymnasium at the Seagulls' home ground.