It doesn't matter if you're an NRL or bush footy club, one of the proudest things is developing your juniors into first grade players.Dom Maley
When your offseason was as long as Orange CYMS' was, there's bound to be a few achy bodies after the first training session back.
The rugby league side began its unofficial pre-season training last week and despite the long layoff, club president Dom Maley said the players have been rearing to go.
"It's just about getting some miles in the legs before Christmas so that it's not a big shock to the system when official training starts next month," he said.
"We had a few players disperse for other teams in other comps which should help with the fitness.
"There might be a few blokes struggling a little bit and with bush footy, when you only train twice a week and have to focus on so many aspects of the game during those sessions, you do have to rely on blokes keeping fit in the off-season."
The most recent Group 10 season was cut short before it really even began. But that wasn't before CYMS were able to win the Bathurst Knockout under first year head coach Dan Mortimer.
Maley believes that experience will prove crucial for the upcoming season.
"The benefit will be blokes are able to pick up those structures that Dan brought in a lot quicker," he said.
"Now the ball is in Dan's court to work with his players."
Coach Mortimer is also hopeful that the squad can pick things up a bit quicker this time around.
"I hope we carry over what we learnt last year," he said.
"I brought about a new structure and a few new things to the club, so I hope this pre-season we process and can get on with playing footy."
CYMS have lost a few players though. This includes Eman Rodriguez who left for Canowindra and Ben McAlpine who joined Young.
But with every departure comes new signings, but CYMS aren't giving up any names just yet.
"We've got a couple in the pipeline some negotiations ongoing but haven't officially put pen to paper," Maley said.
But it isn't the potential signings that has the club pumped up.
It is the growth shown from within.
"One thing we prioritised was keeping juniors around," Maley added.
"It doesn't matter if you're an NRL or bush footy club, one of the proudest things is developing your juniors into first grade players."
In total, CYMS signed six of last year's under 18s to senior contracts. Those players are Addison Williams, Liam Kennedy, Pat Williams, Cooper Monk, Alex Watts and Ryan Banks.
Coach Mortimer echoed the sentiment of how important it is to grow the club from within.
"One of the hardest things is to hold onto the juniors and it's something we prioritise," he said.
"If you look through the senior team now, I'd say it's about 75 per cent of boys who came through juniors."
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