Dudley Tuckey Cup: Centrals hopes to bring through next generation

Centrals will be hoping to blood their next generation of league footballers as they return to the field for the Peel Football and Netball League's Dudley Tuckey Cup in July.

The departures of senior players has the Mundijong club leaning on young guns to come through the ranks and fill the void for the 10-week competition, with former stars Jacob Martinez, Callum Collard, Grant Dunn, Lee Murray and Jarrad Smith vacating.

Their exits put plenty of responsibility on the shoulders of captain and perennial superstar Toby Gianatti, who will lead the club alongside the likes of Brad McPhail and Daniel Cabassi.

Toby Gianatti will captain Centrals in the Dudley Tuckey Cup. Photo: Justin Rake.

Toby Gianatti will captain Centrals in the Dudley Tuckey Cup. Photo: Justin Rake.

But while anticipating some teething problems as young players make the transition to more senior footy, Blues coach Toby McGrath was optimistic of the long-term benefits it would provide the club.

"This competition is a really good way for us to find out what we've got in some of our colts-aged kids," he said.

"We've lost a lot of our usual league players who have been great for us for a long time, but hopefully this helps uncover our next batch of guns.

"It could be a blessing in disguise."

While McGrath expects his new-look side to take some time adapting to the game plan, he also anticipates quick ball movement will feature heavily in the Blues' style.

"When you're young, you expect to be pretty quick," he said.

"I'm not expecting them all to be footy geniuses, building smarts within the game comes with experience, but I do think if we start to click our pace could burn a lot of sides."

Fixtures for the Dudley Tuckey Cup are expected to be announced in the coming days.