MALLALA faces more changes than usual heading into 2018, with Jason Earl taking the reins after Steve Lubcke’s six-year tenure.
The town’s oval also has a new dynamic with the installation of the cricket wicket in the centre square over recent months.
It has taken about eight weeks for the grass to settle which has meant the footballers had to keep off that area during preseason.
“We’ve done three sessions of match simulation work at Roseworthy but personally, I love the new square, it reminds me of the ovals you play on in town,” Earl said.
The Magpies have lost five from its 2017 grand final side, with Brent Harris (Tasmans), Brad Wilson (Bute), Justin Antony, Allen Sparks (Ramco) and Ben Waller (Bridgewater) all moving on.
Henry Bennison and Jake Tiller will pursue Under 18 footy at SANFL level although both could feature in Mallala’s A grade side if not
Jamie Good may miss a few weeks at the start of the season with a finger injury.
Tyson Jenner heads the list of recruits, coming across after winning a Mail Medal with Pinnaroo in the Mallee.
Jenner hails from Cleve and is the younger brother of Central Districts premiership player, Kyle.