Fijian Flavour Boosts Swifts

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Byline: Jay Buchan jay.buchan@qt.com.au

IF YOU are to believe the rumours, this year's Ipswich Rugby League competition is shaping up as tough to predict.

Some would have you believe Brothers and Goodna, last year's grand finalists, are down on playing strength.

Wooden spooners West End can be expected to improve significantly under new coach Randall Wilson in their centenary year. Fassifern and Norths will both be aiming for the finals but it is Swifts that may be the big improvers.

Last year the Bluebirds flew under the radar, surprising many to finish second in the race for the minor premiership before a creditable third finish in the finals.

Much of that success can be attributed to the coaching expertise of Lee Addison.

But the man behind Addison's appointment, Swifts director of football operations Paul Srama, worked tirelessly to build the foundations for last year's success.

The bad news for opponents is he didn't stop there and if Swifts' newest recruits this season deliver, the Bluebirds will be an even greater force to be reckoned with in 2014.

The word "if" is used because the proof won't be there until the big hits begin. One of last year's big signings, Willis Grant, failed to live up to expectations.

Of the new recruits for 2014, David Drotini is perhaps best known for taking out The Footy Show's A League of Their Own segment for his length-of-the-field try playing for the Helensvale Hornets last year. …