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PNG Hunters trim 2019 squad

Following a break over the Christmas and New Year’s period – the PNG Hunters will resume the pre-season training tomorrow (Monday, January 7, 2019).

Ten more players have been released from their initial 60-player squad; which was further trimmed in late October.

Tomorrow’s first training session of 2019 will see 32 players resume pre-season with the club.

Hunters coach Michael Marum said the 32 players will return to camp in Port Moresby.

“In consultation with the coaching staff, we are now trimming the squad to those players who can fill the positions and sustain a long season,” Marum said.

Marum also had plenty of positives to say to the players who have been released in this latest squad announcement.  

“We have given them programs to continue training and have advised them on areas they need to improve on,” Marum said.

“We hope that they share what they have experienced in the Hunters program with their respective clubs and continue to improve and better their standards.”

The 10 players released are:

1. Benton Leme 2. Emmanuel Waine 3. Joshua Nani 4. Isaac Patrick 5. Moses Okopila 6. Damien Herod 7. Eddie Daffa 8. Gilmo Paul 9. Kitron Laka 10. Leeroy Kamau.

The 32-player squad to resume training on Monday January 7, 2019 (in alphabetical order by first name) are:

1. Adex Wera
2. Baundo Aba
3. Bland Abavu
4. Brendan Nima
5. Butler Morris
6. Charlie Simon
7. Daniel Tapol
8. Dilbert Isaac
9. Enock Maki
10. Epel Kapinias
11. Gairo Kapana
12. Ila Alu
13. Jack Oii
14. Jerry Teme
15. Joe Frank
16. Joe Joshua
17. Jordon Pat
18. Junior Rau
19. Junior Rop
20. Justin Yoka
21. Kevin Appo
22. McKenzie Yei
23. Moses Meninga
24. Nick Hasu
25. Patrick Morea
26. Rex Kaupa
27. Sani Wabo
28. Shane Haro
29. Stanton Albert
30. Wawa Paul
31. William Mone
32. Woods Kawage

The final squad for the 2019 Intrust Super Cup competition is expected to be named before the end of the month. 

*This first appeared on the PNG Hunters website

Main Image: PNG Hunters pre-season squad before the break for Christmas in late December. (via PNG Hunters Facebook page)