VIDEO: Mudcrabs flaunt their 2016 muscle

GLADSTONE Mudcrabs players are leaving no stone unturned ahead of the 2016 AFL Capricornia season.

According to player and president Michael Galonski, the club is hell-bent on restoring pride to the green and white guernsey and improving on the A-grade's disappointing fifth place on the ladder last year.

Mudcrabs won just four of 15 home and away matches in 2015, but the club is building its future around young stars such as Fraser Bishop, 15.

"I want to improve my ball skills and fitness this year and try and play a few games in the reserves, but probably will be in the juniors," Fraser said.

He was a part of the victorious under-15 premiership team and the club has been a major part of his life for the past 10 years. 

The under-13 side also won the flag while the reserves finished runner-up to premiers Rockhampton Panthers.

Galonski said fitness was a focus after a series of fade-outs in quarters last year.

"We have a full fitness program under our dedicated trainer, Darren Lusher, and we found him after posting an ad in Gladstone Classifieds and the guys really enjoy being with him," Galonski said.

He said the main focus was eradicating lapses that essentially proved the difference between being finalists and also-rans.

"We had a lot of fade-outs, and one bad quarter pretty much sealed the deal," Galonski said.

A big cog in the Mudcrabs' wheel is forward Zac Jahn, who is putting in the big yards after a solid 2015 campaign in which he led the goal kicking with 44.

"My focus is to build a tank so that I can play centre half forward, rather than being the go-to person, and finish all the good work of the others," Jahn said.

"I want to play up the ground to have a bit more of an impact and direct the traffic."

Jahn was raised in Geelong where he played in the strong Geelong Football League for South Barwon and for Belmont Lions in the district football league.

The Mudcrabs will host an information day on Sunday, February 28, from 10am to 2pm at Clinton Park.

Training is from 6pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.



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