SLOW START: Laidley Lions senior coach Rob Bichel and club president Len Moyle were disappointed with 2013 pre-season turnouts after winning the 2012 Challenge Cup.
SLOW START: Laidley Lions senior coach Rob Bichel and club president Len Moyle were disappointed with 2013 pre-season turnouts after winning the 2012 Challenge Cup. Tom Threadingham

The Lions have lost their pride: Moyle

CLAIMING the 2012 Challenge Cup would normally set the scene for a strong pre-season build-up to defend the title, however poor turnouts have created a troublesome outlook for the Laidley Lions 2013 season.

After a premiership winning season placed the spoils of victory firmly into their grasp, the Laidley Lions president Len Moyle and senior coach Rob Bichel expected a positive rollout to kick-off 2013, but instead received poor showings to pre-season training.

Mr Moyle said it was upsetting to see the lack of commitment and loyalty to the club considering the past season's success.

"It's just disappointing after having a good season," Mr Moyle said.

"We just thought it would flow-on and be a good thing for the club.

"It's disappointing with the loyalty with some of the senior players which is hurting the most.

"We thought that some of the hassles in previous years of scratching to find players and put a side on the paddock would be gone."

Despite the slow start to the year, Mr Bichel was still confident of again putting a solid team together with some key signings returning.

Key signings to the club include former captain Matt Kelly, player of the final Ryan Jones and rising star of the club Deni Lee.

"We need to have 25 people to field a side in the competition," Mr Bichel said.

"We want to remain at the same standard instead of going backwards."

Mr Bichel said 2012 produced a number of positives and looked to continue them.

"What got us through last year was that we had a strong basis of trust on the field," he said.

The Laidley Lions train from 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Laidley Recreation Grounds.


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