RESURRECTION SHUFFLE: The ball goes to ground during a Tannum Sands raid in the 28-16 win over Isis at Dennis Park.
RESURRECTION SHUFFLE: The ball goes to ground during a Tannum Sands raid in the 28-16 win over Isis at Dennis Park. Luka Kauzlaric

Seagulls stalwart Maeyke confident of better times ahead

AXEL Maeyke has been at Tannum Sands Seagulls long enough to see the club go through good times and tough times, so the current situation is not a huge issue for him.

At 24 and having been with the club ever since he can remember, Maeyke and his teammates are hopeful of a resurrection this season after just one win in 2013, a prospect he does not think is too far away.

"I have been here since I was five, so 19 years," Maeyke said.

"My old man played and I kicked a footy all the time."

Maeyke himself was not involved in the win last year, the first match of the season against Brothers which had motivation high.

The half is not fazed by the losses, not having tasted victory since 2012, saying motivation is still high within him, but is keen to see more wins for his mates on the field.

"You've got to stick together when it is tough," he said.

"I just like playing footy, it does take it out of you losing though."

After a change of coach, a good match against the travelling Isis team and plenty of numbers at training, Maeyke is sure the team can only get better this year.

He personally sees the key as avoiding injuries and having better depth to pick from, something the club has taken care of with a few new faces added to the structure already in place.

"We should have more numbers, not only eight like we had sometimes last year," Maeyke said.

"We need to be in matches so a bit of fitness early to keep us close."