COACH: PATRICK MCMULLAN
2016 FINISH: SEVENTH (4–14)
2016 BEST-AND-FAIREST: PATRICK MCMULLAN
2016 LEADING GOAL-KICKER: PATRICK MCMULLAN (34)
GROUND: DOOKIE RECREATION RESERVE
In his third season in charge Patrick McMullan will be aiming for a finals position at Dookie United.
United finished seventh last season but was cruelly hit with injuries early in the piece, making it almost impossible for the buoyant club to have any real impact in September.
The 2015 best-and-fairest winner Brendan McMullan (jaw), Andy O’Connor (ankle) and key forward Jacob Crowe (wrist) together missed a majority of Dookie’s season last year and Patrick McMullan believes the trio will be like new signings.
“We had a little bit of bad luck last year with a few long term injuries, so those guys are back and will be like new recruits for us,” McMullan said.
“If those guys are able to stay fit, we should do well.”
In a rather tame off-season recruitment-wise, not much has changed at Dookie with Nathan Reid and Dylan McQuinny joining the club, while Brayden France, Thomas Harrington and Christopher O’Connor have departed.
“We have not tried to recruit too much because we know we have players coming back from injury and I am pretty confident with where we are at,” McMullan said.
With plenty of numbers down at Dookie throughout preseason, McMullan is optimistic about what his side can do this year.
“Preseason has been smooth, everyone is putting in the work and we want to make finals off the back of it, so that is our expectation,” McMullan said.