SUNS AFLW Head Coach Cameron Joyce has highlighted “individual and collective” improvement as one of his key focusses ahead of the 2022 NAB AFLW Season.
Joyce was appointed to the full-time Head Coach role in June this year and will lead the SUNS in their third AFLW campaign next season.
With day one of pre-season officially kicking off on Wednesday, Joyce said the players were hungry to climb the ladder in 2022.
“I think it's going to be really important and that's the focus for us is some improvement, both individually and collectively,” Joyce said.
“So that's what we've spoken about to start with, and also too just some of the building blocks that it will take for us to improve.
“Every team is saying the same thing at this time of the year, everyone wants to improve.
“The challenge for us is to start leapfrogging some sides and really get going in the competition.”
Joyce was quick to come in and get the lay of the land at the SUNS since being appointed.
He said one of the observations he was most impressed by was how driven the players were to achieve success in 2022.
“I think the great thing is the initial conversations I've had with (the players), even before I got up here, was that they're just really keen to make amends from last year and really get going,” Joyce said.
“So that was a really good base for me to start from knowing just how much they really wanted to improve going into the season coming up.”
The club has finalised its list in recent days, adding Queensland-based pair Shannon Danckert (Bond University) and Jacqueline Dupuy (Maroochydore) to complete the squad of 30 active players.
The SUNS have 18 Queenslanders on the list and Joyce said it was important for the club to continue to develop Queensland talent.
“We've had a couple of additions over the last week which has been great and they've fitted in really well, both Shannon and Jacqueline.
“I think that's really important, understanding what's in our own backyard and then really trying to grow the game in Queensland.”