Mounties kick off preseason training

MOUNTIES rugby league club kicked off preseason training on Tuesday night.

NSW Cup and head coach Steve Antonelli met with all NSW Cup, Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield squads outlining plans for 2014.

The NSW Rugby League runs the NSW Cup, Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield competitions.

Mounties' NSW Cup team is a feeder outfit for the Canberra Raiders NRL club.

Mounties made the grand final in last season's Ron Massey Cup and have retained most of their squad. They just missed this year's semi-finals in the NSW Cup.

Mounties football media manager Michael Pugsley said preseason training will include a mixture of endurance, strength and game simulation.

"We are also bringing back the Saturday training sessions at Wanda sand hills and around Coogee," Pugsley said.

"The squad is shaping up well with a bulk of the premiership winning C Grade under-19s team retained or moving into the Sydney Shield and Ron Massey Cup squads."

Pugsley said new recruits include Reece Goldsmith and Clay Priest who are currently training with the Canberra Raiders.

"Mounties will again be the feeder club for the Raiders," Pugsley said.

"The Mounties players will be doing their best to impress Canberra coach Ricky Stuart and his team for selection in the top grade."

Mounties start the 2014 season with the traditional international nine-a-side tournament followed by an inter-club trial against the Raiders, the Ron Massey Cup pre-season competition and additional NSW Cup trials.