HEAD coach Alex Muff is making final preparations ahead of Mirfield Stags’ 2017 season start, with the action set to commence later this month.
In what will be the former Stags player’s first season in charge, alongside newly-appointed assistant coach Craig Young, Muff has spoken of how preparations are continuing.
Muff said: “Training is going pretty well, we’ve got decent numbers turning out, despite a few of the boys finishing winter seasons in rugby league and rugby union.
“Some players, including myself, have been playing all year round, so you always get an increase in player availability as April progresses.
“Our season start has been pushed back a little, allowing us the opportunity for a friendly, hopefully the week after next, and a few more training sessions too.
“The key now is for us to keep upping the ante in training, get the structures and processes in place and build for the season’s start date.”
Mirfield will take to the field for the first time in competitive action on Saturday April 22, welcoming Norland Sharks to Hillrich Park (kick-off 2.30pm).
And a friendly is set to be confirmed, again taking place at Hillrich Park, in the weeks prior to their opening Yorkshire Men’s League clash.
“We have new players coming in and plenty of old faces returning too,” added Muff.
“There will be competition for places and this will be the key for us. We want to ensure there is zero complacency amongst the players.
“There will be opportunities for some of our exciting young players to see what they can do at this level this season, working alongside some of our more experienced boys.
“We are aiming for the top, which is promotion to the Premier Division, but we know that will be a tough ask.
It will be very tough but we are in a better place than we were at the end of last season and we will be in a good place come the end of this season.”
Training continues on Wednesday evenings from 7.00pm on the MFG Sports Centre’s 3g Pitch, situated within walking distance of the Stags’ Hillrich Park home, off Slipper Lane, Mirfield.