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NEAFL Wrap: Fullarton raring for debut

Josie Fielding  July 10, 2018 5:00 PM

NEAFL Wrap: Round 14 Development coach Paul Henriksen wraps up the 2 point loss to the Southport Sharks.

Category B Rookie Tom Fullarton will make his NEAFL debut this week against Sydney University in Blacktown this weekend.

Fullarton came to the Lions in late May via the NBL Club the Brisbane Bullets.

The 200cm utility has spent the last few months building up his fitness and strength to reach AFL standards.

Development Coach Paul Henriksen said the 19-year-old is raring to go.

“He’s just finished training really strongly out there on the Gabba this morning so we’re excited. He comes into the side and looks ready to go,” Henriksen told lions.com.au.

“There’s been a number of things that I know the fitness staff have worked with Tom on, to get him to sort of six or seven weeks under his belt of physical work to get him ready to play.

“There’s still growth there but he’ll be ready to go on the weekend.”

Joining him in the Lions’ line-up will be Casey Voss, son of Lions great Michael Voss. Casey played his first game in the guernsey against the Southport Sharks last round.

“Casey was very good. He played halfback/flank,” Henriksen said.

“He played with freedom. It was great to see him win the ball, move it quickly, get in position to take marks.”

Henriksen said the past week has been a great learning experience for 18-year-old Casey, with coaching staff going through vision of his game to identify areas of improvement.

He will get a second chance to pull on the Lions jumper in Blacktown this weekend.

NEAFL coaching staff hope the side get off to a better start then they did against Southport.

“We started really slowly.

“That first quarter was disappointing,” Henriksen said.

“After quarter time we adjusted a few things and things started to happen for us. We started to play the brand of footy we think we’re capable of.

“We hit the lead in the last quarter and we were full of run, full of excitement and energy, and then had a few things not go our way.”

Henriksen said the side will aim to be more consistent across the four quarters this weekend.

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