Adrian FinchLAUNCESTON Football Club looks set to regain the services of former NTFL premiership players Adam Derbyshire and Adrian Finch for the 2012 State League season.
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The reigning premier will resume pre-season training next week as the Blues builds towards a Foxtel Cup appearance at the end of March and the opening round of the new TSL season the week after.

Derbyshire is the club’s goalkicking record holder but has missed the past two State League seasons with business commitments. Finch played for the Blues in 2010 but took a year off last season with persistent back problems when the club won its first State League flag.

”Adrian and Adam are keen to go and it will be excellent for the club,” Launceston coach Anthony Taylor said. ”Adrian is fit and raring to go and Adam has missed two years of footy but has been training well and we’re looking forward to seeing how he goes.”

Taylor said a training run next Wednesday would mark the restart of pre-season training with sessions held Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from January 16.

”We’re looking forward to kicking off after Christmas and ramping up our preparations for the Foxtel Cup and the season proper,” he said.

The Foxtel Cup is a knockout competition involving clubs from the various state league competitions across Australia plus the AFL’s newest expansion side Greater Western Sydney.

Launceston and Burnie will represent Tasmania as last year’s State League premiers and runners-up.

”The Foxtel Cup is massive for the club,” Taylor said.

”We play Morningside in Queensland on March 31 and then start round 1 against North Launceston the week after that. It’s a great stepping stone into the season for us.

”It will be an eye-opener and they will be tough to beat but it will be a really good hitout for us and an opportunity for some of our quality young fellows to show their worth on the national stage.”

Taylor said the Blues had retained all members of its premiership side from last season.

”With the exception of (Derbyshire and Finch) we haven’t got many other new players but we are certainly on the lookout for any potential recruits,” he said.

”We’ve got 14 kids involved with the state academy in under 16 and Mariners and if we can get three or four of those playing senior football this year that’s as good as any recruits in my eyes.”

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