Norths Devils are back at training and preparing for the 2021 season.
This past year, the club’s players and staff remained resilient during the cancellation of the QRL’s statewide competitions and have returned with renewed vigour for the year ahead.
All Norths Devils teams are now deep into preparations for the 2021 season having returned to scheduled training at the start of this month.
The club have welcomed back players who will feature in their Intrust Super Cup, Hastings Deering Colts under 21, Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup under 18 and revamped Cyril Connell Challenge under 16 squads.
Many players kept up their fitness during 2020 by taking part in the Brisbane Rugby League A Grade In Safe Hands competition or in various local league divisions; while other players took up the opportunity to try their hand at some new sports.
Coach Rohan Smith said he was impressed by the dedication shown by players to keep themselves ready for the upcoming season and there was a positive atmosphere around the club since the return to training.
“It’s probably another level of excitement … generally you will find early in the pre-season, it’s pretty exciting, the boys are happy to be back,” Smith said.
“There’s an added vigour and energy to the group looking to get the ball rolling again and have a good crack at 2021.”
The Intrust Super Cup squad is made up of a core group of players who have been at the Devils for multiple years including captain Jack Ahearn, the experienced Michael Sio and forwards Michael Molo and Carne Doyle-Manga, alongside some exciting new signings.
Some fresh faces are in the process of completing quarantine before entering into Queensland and will be announced by the club in coming weeks.
The Devils will continue to train up until Christmas, before taking a break and resuming in the second week of January next year.
The club are excited to return to the playing field in 2021 and thanked their supporters for sticking by them through a difficult year.
Norths Devils Intrust Super Cup signings so far: