Junior Sea Eagles start training
TRAINING started last Wednesday for junior Whitsunday Sea Eagles' players who are taking part in the Gold Coast Suns Academy summer training sessions.
Players who are training for the Mackay Crows also joined in the sessions that focussed on building player's core strength.
Players who stood out during the football season or represented the region at AFL have been invited by the Crows to join in the training sessions.
Weight sessions and kicking and catching skill work has been the main focus of training so far, with running sessions to start in the new year.
Whitsunday junior development coach Jamie Fuhrmann said the training sessions set out by the academy would benefit players by improving their overall fitness.
"It's about managing their bodies and building up their core strength," he said.
"The players only finished school footy three weeks ago and are still in pretty good shape.
"Training will provide them with plenty of opportunities next year."
The older players have started training three days a week, while the juniors are training twice a week.
Training with the academy will finish on December 19 and will resume after Christmas on January 19.
Fuhrmann said many players were considering heading south to the Gold Coast over Christmas to watch the bigger boys train.
Games against teams from Cape York and Cairns are then expected to start the first week in March.