The Proski Newcastle Northstars will welcome all new imports this season, but they join a team made up with some very familiar faces.
Robert “Bert” Malloy will captain the Northstars again this season, and Mathew Lindsay will wear the familiar A on his jersey.
However, the other A will be worn by a new leader within the team – Matt Wetini.
Wetini, who has been with the Northstars since 2010, said wearing the A was “an absolute honour”.
“I got a phone call from Frij [Northstars coach Andrew Petrie] a couple weeks back, he was just telling me his thoughts about my pre-season training so far,” Wetini said.
“Eventually he asked if I wanted to be an assistant captain this season.
“I was a little lost for words, to be honest, which is a very rare thing for me!
“It's an absolute honour.
“It's something I'm really excited about and I just can't wait to get the season underway.”
Without further ado, your 2017 Northstars team:
(I = Import, C = Captain, A = Alternate Captain)
31 Charlie Smart 33 Nick Mizen
3 Mathew Lindsay (A) 5 John Kennedy Jr 16 Jayson Chalker 20 Robert Malloy (C) 22 Matt Taylor 23 Matt Wetini (A) 25 David Ferrari 44 Felix Poulin (I) 58 Hayden Sheard
8 Hamish Powell 9 Matt Marantz (I) 11 Tim Stanger 12 Joe Harcharik (I) 15 Beau Taylor 24 Jonatan Ruth 26 Zane Jones 27 Liam Manwarring 71 Shane Southwood 91 Pat Nadin 96 Steven Kuhn (I)
Coach Andrew Petrie Assistant coach Joey Theriault
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