New Panther doesn?t expect warm welcome
NEW Rockhampton Panthers recruit Jason Chisholm plans on laying down the law when he confronts his old club, the Yeppoon Swans, at Swan Park today.
Lining up in his second game for Panthers in the AFL Capricornia Trend Interiors Carpet Court Premiership, Chisholm, who turns 34 tomorrow, is not expecting a warm welcome.
"I think it will be an interesting game and a bit more physical than normal,'' said Chisholm, a police officer at Yeppoon.
"I'm really looking forward to it ? it's been the talk of the town. I'm expecting a bit of extra treatment.''
Chisholm is likely to play as a ruck rover or at half forward flank against his old team-mates.
Despite the talk surrounding not only Chisholm's return to Yeppoon, but also that of the Panthers' new coach, Wayne Ling ? last season's Swans coach ? the Swans player/coach has no regrets about the off-season move.
"I made the move because of the understanding I have with Wayne (Ling) and I wanted something different from the way we were going,'' Chisholm said.
"I was going through the motions at the Swans and wasn't getting anything out of my footy.''
The Panthers and Swans are both chasing their opening wins of the season after losses to Brothers and Glenmore respectively in the opening round.
Chisholm believes the Panthers can be more competitive if they get their running game going.
Meanwhile, at Stenlake Park today the Glenmore Bulls player/ coach Mick Ford is calling on a better running game from his team if they are to overcome the BITS Saints.