Ruckman shows promising signs for Noosa Tigers
AUSTRALIAN RULES: Noosa captain Aaron Laskey hopes Connor McDonald's impressive start to the season is just a sign of things to come.
The Noosa Tigers are atop the 10-team south-east Queensland division one ladder through four of 18 rounds, leading into a clash with Coorparoo at Noosaville on Saturday (6pm).
McDonald's played a leading role in their early season form, featuring prominently in three of their matches.
The young ruckman played a starring role against arch rival Maroochydore in their grand final replay a fortnight ago, taking the best mark Laskey has ever seen for good measure.
"Connor has been unreal for us this year and as a young player, he's getting more confident in his playing style and we'll back him 100 per cent," Laskey said.
"And I think he's still got more growth to come.
"He's quite agile as a ruckman as well. His ground work, getting into position, his tackling, all his one per centers are huge as well."
Laskey is eager to see how the promising player develops during the season.
"It's only round five and he's probably had one or two best on grounds against quality teams so it's exciting to see what he's going to do for the rest of the year."
The Tigers will welcome back a couple of key players for their clash with Coorparoo.
Former best and fairest recipients Nick Hill and Caleb Isles are due to play their first games of the season.
Laskey said their inclusion was "massive".
"They both bring a lot of experience and direction into our footy, which is really vital."
Senior forward Danny O'Brien and gun midfielder Jai Fitzpatrick will be away this weekend though.
When they return, there will be some tough choices to make when it comes to picking a team.
"I'd hate to be the selectors...and we've got four or five guys from the reserves who are playing out of their skins too," Laskey said.
Meanwhile, amid other games Caloundra will travel away to Burleigh (2pm) and Maroochydore heads to Springwood (2pm).
LADDER: Noosa 12, Maroochydore 12, Coorparoo 12, Springwood 12, Caloundra 8, Aspley 8, Maybe 8, University of Queensland 4, Yeronga 4, Burleigh.