Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Gains, Losses ... and the Last Word from the Brains Trust!

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Gains, Losses ... and the Last Word from the Brains Trust!

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Ballina Seahorses

Gains: Nil

Losses: Grant Knight, Sam Giltrap (Canberra Vikings), Jamie Coote (retired)

Coach: John Dokter

Comment: "We have a young side and we'll have a good dig," Dokter said.

"There are plenty of numbers at training and we're really looking forward to it."

Bangalow

Gains: Trent Hoscher, Otty Fifita (Inverell), Lachlan Walsh, Jake Brumley (Bangalow juniors), Josh Wrigley (Grafton)

Losses: Hemi Mullen (rugby league), Dean Matthews (work)

Coaches: Andrew Fraser and Will Cotterill

Comment: "Depth will be the biggest thing for us if we get a couple of injuries," Cotterill said.

"We want to play well enough to pick up bonus points in games."

Byron Bay

Gains: AJ Gilbert (Sydney Northern Suburbs), Lorenzo Torda (Italy)

Losses: George Kitching and Harry Nuttall (returned to England), Josh Smith (injury)

Coach: Paul Jeffery

Comment: "We're coming off the best pre-season we've ever had and that has a lot to do with Paul," club president Tim Ahern said.

"We've done a lot of work and want to build on last year."

Casino Bulls

Gains: Sam Miller, Nick Maslen, Dolan Pederson (club juniors)

Losses: Nil

Coach: Mick Russell

Comment: We're looking good so far and should be a lot better than last year," club president Darren Winkler said.

"Mick Russell is taking over as coach; he's a life member who played here for years.

"We're fielding a President's Cup and Under-18s team which is really pleasing."

Grafton Redmen

Gains: Nathan McPherson (juniors), Sam Taggett (United States)

Losses: Ben Robinson (injury), Tom Tanner (work)

Coaches: Don Darke and Peter Tonkin

Comment: "We had a bit of a slow start to the pre-season but we've picked up the intensity," Darke said.

"We've got some good young talent and a centre coming over from America so I'm interested to see how we go. …

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