Photos (Top to Bottom): Eagles coach George Krambousanos will drive his players against South Hobart on Saturday; Ken Morton and Marcus Parschau; Morton is not hesitant about doing some of the spade work himself; Morton has a thriving soccer school; Children in activities at Morton's Soccer School; South Hobart senior players Jim Pennicott and Andy Brennan assist; Kids get plenty of activity at the coaching school [PlessPix]
South Hobart coach Ken Morton has explained his reasons for employing German strength and conditioning coach Marcus Parschau and has outlined his aims for the coming season.
“I think it’s the times,” Morton said.
“If we want to progress to a better level, to try and develop the players to a more professional base, then I think we need to go and take these steps.
“We’re really testing Marcus to see if we can be, if not injury free, obviously, but that the hamstring injuries and groin injuries and calf injuries that players get, this type of work he’s doing with them should restrict that.
“It’s a combination of everything, I think, more than anything and moving with the times.
“Pre-season, it’s a different voice than me barking at them all the time.
“We’ll use it as a motivational tool with them and, at the same time, look to get to a really good level of fitness.”
Morton said the aim next season is to do better than in 2010.
“Too many draws,” he said. “Too many silly draws, so obviously, that has to be our aim.
“When we address the players, we stress that we cannot just sit back. We have to go forward and try and better our performances by playing with more flair, more imagination and score more goals this coming season.
“That has to be our motivation.”
South Hobart will play New Town Eagles at 2pm at Olinda Grove next Saturday.
Neither side is expected to be at full strength and young players will be given a chance to impress.
South Hobart has a couple of its Korean players back and they should feature for part of the match.
Eagles coach, George Krambousanos, said he would be missing virtually his entire defence.