FRESH from a year on the sidelines, the Gordon Highlanders this weekend formally begin preparations for the 2013 season.
New coach Michael Brown is confident the Highlanders can shake their easybeats tag and vie for the premiership in the George Tooke Shield competition.
On Sunday they’ll conduct the first of their musters, officially getting players to put pen to paper.
President Mick Gordon said the new captain-coach had a surprise in store for those who turned up to the muster, though he wasn’t prepared to let the cat out of the bag.
“Mick’s got a surprise lined up for the players,” Gordon said.
“I can’t say what it is, but if people want to know what it is, they should get in contact with him.”
At the same time players await Brown’s surprise, two of the NRL’s most prolific point-scorers will be paying a visit to Taralga.
Raiders centre Jarrod Croker and former Roosters backrower Craig Fitzgibbon will be among those attending a celebration of Taralga’s rich football history.
The afternoon will be hosted the Taralga Historical Society, and kicks off in the Masonic Hall from 2.30pm.