THE Telikom PNG Kumuls coach Adrian Lam is expected to bring in one more player into the squad to make a 20-man team for the Pacific Cup set to kick off on Oct 25.
Lam said this during a morning training session at the Madang’s Ron Albert field yesterday.
He said the Kumuls were upbeat 12 days away from the opening clash.
He said he will confirm with the selectors before calling in someone to fill one of the forward spots but declined to reveal the name of the player.
The team would also name three more shadow players probably from the bemobile Cup grand final between the Enga Mioks and the Rabaul Guria at the Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby on Sunday.
Lam said the team was in Madang for a more focused training run away from distractions in the city environment.
He was satisfied with the make up of the team and positive about its chances in Pacific Cup.
He said the team was fortunate to have professional players like Keith Peters and David Mead from the NRL and United Kingdom-based players Jason Chan and captain John Wilshere.
He also has the talent and experience of Richard Kambo, Tu’u Maori, Jay Aston, Rod Griffin, James Nightingale, Tyson Martin, Charlie Wabo, Menzie Yere, Anton Kui, Glen Nami, Sigfred Gande, Dion Aiye, Joe Bond, Jessie Joe Parker and Rodney Pora who are all injury free from the PNG Origin match in Mt Hagen last Saturday.
However, Lam was impressed with the training and optimistic that his team would put up a strong performance against the Fiji, Tonga and most likely Samoa in the three week tournament.
Lam is confident his current batch of Kumuls can contain a Feleti Mateo-led (see page 46 for story) Tonga in the first match in Port Moresby.
He was thankful with Telikom PNG and PNGRFL for their support towards the Kumuls describing it as fantastic.