KEEN AS: Marty Emerson from Central Football Club and Drew O'Sullivan from Clinton Football Club ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures.
KEEN AS: Marty Emerson from Central Football Club and Drew O'Sullivan from Clinton Football Club ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures. Matt Taylor GLA160218FOOT

WATCH: Players talk about Clinton v Central trials

SOCCER: Clinton and Central fans will get a taste of cross-town rivalry when both clubs do battle in two trial matches tomorrow afternoon at Clinton Oval.

It will be the first time since 2013 that Clinton and Central will clash - albeit in experimental format.

Clinton assistant coach Dan Horton said the players are keen to play under match conditions after months of an arduous pre-season.

"It makes it a bit more exciting," Horton said of the 'Pre-season Showdown'.

"Both teams will work on structures and combinations and it won't be no-where near as intense as a normal game."

Clinton, which bowed out of the finals in heart-breaking fashion last season against Frenchville, have been in training since January 2, have lost Dom Barra (overseas).

But Horton said his his replacement will temper the blow.

"Sam Roberts is as quick as Dom and some of the older players have returned," he said.

Barra joins Matt Varnes, Jay Wernerson and Andrew Fritz as those who won't be at Clinton this season.

"So we've lost quite a bit of versatility and experience from our squad, but fortunately, the return of players like Sam Roberts, Brendan Kanofski and Kelly Searston and new goal-keeper Scott Bruce have given us a real boost," Horton said.

"We have healthy competitions for spots as always due to our successful junior development system we always have quite a large number of talented kids coming into seniors on a yearly basis.

"There's always opportunities there for players to step up into the vacant positions in all the senior divisions."

Central coach Joel Maudsley said fans have the chance to see a new recruit in action.

"We have got Ryan Smith from the Meteors and he's a striker who is one to watch," he said.

"Young gun Lachlan Silver and defender Rhys Christensen and some of the other younger boys will have a run as well."

Both clubs had pre-season games arranged in previous weeks, but for varying reasons the matches fell through.

"It will be good to blow out the cobwebs and trial a few positions and formations," Maudsley said.

The Premier League reserves match starts at 2pm and the main trial at 4pm.

TRIALS

Where: Clinton Oval

When: Today

Reserves: Clinton v Central 2pm

Premier league: Clinton v Central 4pm

Entry: Free



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