PREPARATIONS for the 2012 football season are well under way with many filling the ranks at the Emerald Eagles sign-on day on Sunday.
Eagles' coach John Salogni said he was impressed with the weekend sign-on as he got more numbers than he initially expected.
"I am impressed now, we needed 30 to fill the quota and were aiming for 42," Salogni said.
"There are spots still open, we are looking for more to help with shift work.
"We have jumped the first hurdle, next is the Cougars in January."
The New Year will bring new tidings for the club as the Emerald Eagles will now compete in the Central Queensland Premier League with the first trial game against the Capricorn Cougars scheduled for Saturday, January 28.
"I have named a squad of 22 for the trial game against the Cougars," Salogni said.
"I'm very happy with the squad… it's starting to look like the squad I want.
"It is the majority of last year's team and I am allowing a couple of fellas who have come back."
Salogni has "stepped up" the training for his 22-man squad with training twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
"We are really working on fitness, looking at speed, agility, quickness and endurance," he said.
"We are conditioning ourselves to sprints to give us an upper hand.
"The sprints are in six-metre bursts - small short bursts - conditioning quicker and a lot more intense."
Salongi also encouraged any women who are interested in playing next year to sign-up, with more numbers needed to complete a team.
"We had 11 women sign-up which is a good start, it's the nucleus of a team," he said.
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