All paws in for pre-season training

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The Cats are ready to pounce back into the season after the return of some key players from injury.

Long-time captain Ryan Darling has come back from an achilles injury he sustained close to finals.

Veteran player Nick McCormack is also back.

These injuries and people unable to play in the lead up to finals in 2017 hampered a top three placing for the team, who ultimately ended up in fifth place.

Club president David Pratt said losing five from their 12 was a struggle last season and the team only placed fifth due to injury.

“We’d like to get into the finals this year, having players back is a start and we’ll work from there.”

In a change, Kerry Payne will be coaching the A grade this year and Carlton player Cameron Giles has made a return to the club.

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Cameron was selected by the Blues in the second round of the 2013 national draft.

He played the 2014 season in the VFL before succumbing to a season-ending fracture in his foot.

With the worst of his injury woes behind him, Cameron has come home to play.

Pre-season training started in December at one night a week and went to two nights a week at the beginning of March.

There are 14 metropolitan-based players this season who have been meeting up with local players once a month to play together.

In some exciting news, the Cats have received a $413,000 grant to upgrade the Snowtown facilities to have ladies football.

Darren Stringer was the main instigator in getting the grant and the club are hoping to get work underway towards the end of the season.

Ryan Darling said the Cats are a down to earth family club, “I’m proud of the parents who are willing to support their kids, take on coaching roles and generally help out.”