SAINTS YOUTH: Kane Haua leads a pack of youth with Jack Grainger and Angus Ure. At the back are Trent Millar, Tyson McMahon and Blake Stebbings.
SAINTS YOUTH: Kane Haua leads a pack of youth with Jack Grainger and Angus Ure. At the back are Trent Millar, Tyson McMahon and Blake Stebbings. NICK KOSSATCH

Saints department of youth

THE BITS Saints are aiming high in 2016. With an under-17 premiership under its belt last season, this year's squad is looking for history to repeat.

Under 17 coach Jake Mostert

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tasted success in his first year in the role last season, and he is working together with senior coach Damien Lyon to ensure the younger players are prepared to take the next step to senior football such as Jack Grainger, 15. "I have been training with the seniors over the preseason and hopefully will get a few games in seniors," Jack said.

The ruckman-cum-centre half forward was a member of the victorious under 17 side and is looking at both a second under 17 flag and a few games at the top level.

"We had three of our under-17 lads play A-grade football consistently last year, and we are looking to go one better in 2016 with a minimum of four to play A-grade football consistently," Mostert said.

Tyson McMahon, Jackson Mangion, Coden Koumides, Josh Dejonckhere and Kane Haua have also had solid preseasons and are poised for senior football.



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