Dolphins coach Grant Morgan (left). Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

DURBAN - After climbing walls, jumping from great heights, and enjoying a lot of time with the Knights in pre-season, the Dolphins are ready for the 2017-18 season.

“There is a great energy in the squad at the moment, and we can’t wait for the season to get going,” a jovial Grant Morgan said on Monday. “We have just come from our camp, at the Spirit of Adventure, and the team is in a really good place. The guys are full of energy, and we have played some good cricket in the last month."

In amongst their own pre-season programme, the Dolphins have again joined forces with the Knights. The Bloemfontein team came down to the Midlands for the second year running, going to Hilton College, and also in the Pietermaritzburg area.

“We have formed a good bond with them, and we are looking to continue that in future. We played some good cricket against them, but we have also started a Ryder Cup-style golf challenge between us,” Morgan said. “We played at Victoria Country Club, and we actually beat them!”

Morgan, in his second season in charge of the Kingsmead-based outfit, added that much of the excitement around pre-season was on the back of the T20 Global League player draft, where as many as 17 Dolphins and KZN players were scooped up by various franchises.

“It was brilliant. I think it is only Stellenbosch where we don’t have a player representing us. When we first got together, obviously the guys tried not to talk about it, but it was inevitable,” he said of the life-changing reality of the new jewel in the South African cricket crown.

“You have to let players express their excitement. It is like a kid with a new toy, and the players have been like that. It is obviously very exciting, so it was important for us to get that out of the way. The focus now will shift to what we want to do as a team,” Morgan said.

Added to all their work in the nets and their team-building exercises, the Dolphins also had a motivational talk from former Bafana Bafana star Delron Buckley this week.

“We are trying to mix things up, and obviously Delron is someone that the guys know very well. We always see him when we go to train at the Prime Institute, and it was our psychologist Myan Subrayen who thought it would be a good idea to get him in,” he revealed.

“Myan has done work around the world, and obviously Delron is also very experienced. The guys have a lot of respect for him, and he gave some great insights into what it takes to be a thorough professional.”

Thorough is what the Dolphins want to be this season, as Morgan eyes a trophy, having had a full pre-season to work through.

“We had some challenges last year, and we were honest about those. But now is the time to start again, and we are very confident of doing something special,” the Dolphins’ coach enthused.

The Mercury

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