The Western Crows have selected Josh Copeland as their number 1 AFL New Zealand draft selection to play in the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
Josh Copeland is a solid defender down in the backline and was a key player for the Northern Suns during the 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
The 19 year old will once again link up with Chris Mundell who has take the reins of the defending Premiers for the 2017 season.
“Josh was one of the most consistent players for the Suns last year and continued that consistency through the U18 tour to Melbourne of which he was captain, I believe he is underrated by many and am very glad to have him available to join me at the Crows this year. His leadership and cool head down back of the Crows will be a great asset alongside current captain Jared Court”
Copeland has represented New Zealand at both U16 and U18 level along with playing for the Waitakere Magpies in the Auckland league. Josh has a big involvement in the AFL New Zealand Youth competition as role of coach and is always eager to learn all aspects of the game.
Training venues have been sourced in all regions in preparation for preseason training.
Phase 1 Training November 28th to December 18th 2016
There will be four weeks of preseason sessions prior to the Christmas break period. This also will include a fitness assessment featuring a 3 kilometre time trial.
Phase 2 Training December 19th 2016 to January 15th 2017
Each player will be provided with a fitness programme to undertake over the Christmas period during a 30 day, no contact period. Fitness assessments will be carried out at the return to normal training.
The training programme will be supplied and explained during Phase 1 of training.
Phase 3 Training January 16th to Feb 11th 2017
A further four weeks of preseason training will take place prior to the commencement of the AFL New Zealand Premiership scheduled on February 12th 2017. Fitness testing will be revisited for assessment.
Phase 4 Training Feb 12th to April 9th 2017
Training will continue throughout the AFL New Zealand Premiership season with weekly sessions for its duration. Those not participating in a specific round of scheduled weekend matches will be provided with an alternative session as a substitute. Sunday or weekend trainings will commence for those who are not rostered to play.
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