Despite the off-season having barely begun, it’s all systems go down at Warrandyte Football Club with players returning to Warrandyte Reserve to begin the rigorous training program required to change the fortunes of the club’s on-field success.

With an average of 40 players attending pre-season training sessions per night, including Glenn Archer, Warrandyte’s new assistant coach, a sense of purpose and drive can be felt around the club.

The influence of returning figures such as coach Michael Tout, Archer and new president Stephen Bell is evident, even in the early stages of the holiday season, with a heightened level of commitment noticeable in players, a remarkable surge of community interest and assistance regarding the affairs and progression of Warrandyte football, and crucially, a positive atmosphere and a thrilling hype around the club.

That hype, in combination with an aggressive recruiting campaign, has seen the club attract several high quality local players as well as the homecoming of some former Bloods, with at least 12 new boys having made their presence felt at pre-Christmas training.

Young guns Tom Appleby and Sam Tansley, senior players throughout the 2012 season, return after brief stints away, and the addition of star midfielder Josh Barrett means Warrandyte has added more proven quality players.

Others include Ross Ansaldi, who makes the switch from Division 1 club Lilydale, and Trent Parker, who arrives from old rivals Doncaster to help the cause.

In addition to the frenzied on-field news involving training and recruitment, further off-field announcements and promises have been made regarding the 2014 EFL draw, and to the relief of all, the construction of the Bloods’ new clubrooms.

After being dealt a three game span away from home to begin the season, Warrandyte’s official home opener is scheduled for May 3, and with the council giving a commitment that the new rooms will be fully operational by April 1, the club can plan the occasion and function surrounding the first game down at Warrandyte Reserve with confidence.

Warrandyte Diary – Issue 2013_12