Recruits add kick to Falcons’ goal

Matt Spencer, Tamati Young, Seva Martin and Marcus Adams. Below: Players go through their paces at training.
Matt Spencer, Tamati Young, Seva Martin and Marcus Adams. Below: Players go through their paces at training.

Some fresh West Perth faces hit the training track this month with the Falcons gearing up to defend their flag in 2014.

Excitement machine Andrew Krakouer aside, the club’s most interesting recruiting move has come in the form of untested New Zealander Tamati Young.

Young has arrived in Perth to take his football experience to the next level, having been a member of New Zealand’s national Australian football side.

The Falcons have also added Swan Districts premiership key defender Matt Spencer, 22-year-old Subiaco ruckman Seva Martin and Swan Districts forward Marcus Adams.

Veteran Anthony Tsalikis had shoulder surgery before Christmas and is expected to be ready for round one after the heartbreak of missing last year’s grand final win.

Fellow senior players Dan Hunt (ankle) and Andrew Strijk (shoulder) joined Tsalikis on the surgery list and should be ready for the opening round against East Fremantle away on March 22.

The side has launched straight into an arduous pre-season program.

Krakouer has been on his own training program, but will join the main group in the coming weeks.

Youngsters James Batterham, Brayden Antonio and Matt Johnson will also be players to watch in 2014.