STEPPING UP: Gladstone's Trey Dummett is one Barrett hopes to have a big year.
STEPPING UP: Gladstone's Trey Dummett is one Barrett hopes to have a big year. Tamara MacKenzie ROK030617tkafl6

Mudcrabs to have a southern Bulldogs' test

AUSSIE RULES: It has been a solid pre-season for Gladstone Mudcrabs and new coach Aaron Barrett will have the chance to see where his playing squad is at on Saturday.

Muddies take on Brothers Bulldogs in Bundaberg in a six-quarter trial match from 1.30pm and Barrett is excited how his squad is shaping up.

"Steven Grogan played in the midfield last year and I'm expecting him to really step up again this year," he said.

"Ricky McClure has had a great pre-season and when he's on, he's the best defender in the competition."

Of the younger brigade, Barrett said Trey Dummett and Jamie Hill, the latter who booted 85 goals in the under-17s.

"He's missed six games as well and could have easily kicked the 100, but he has been training the house down," Barrett said. "We're looking to have Trey playing different roles this year and he's more of a key position player or as a ruckman, but he still has a year of U17s as well.

"He's a good size to be a ruckman and has game smarts." Barrett expects regular ruckman Josh Roati to be injury free. "He's done a lot of work and has done most of pre-season," he said.