Free agents invited to Wolves Training Camp
MANCHESTER, NH-- Quarterback James Yaitanes and defensive lineman Shane Rogers turned heads in the Manchester Wolves open tryouts and will be invited to training camp in two weeks to compete for a spot on the final roster of the arenafootball2 league team.
Rogers, who played his collegiate football at Husson College in Maine, had worked out previously for National Football League and Canadian Football League scouts but had never participated in a tryout before.
"I am definitely looking forward to this opportunity," Rogers said at the completion of the second of two open tryouts this past Saturday. "Who wouldn't want to live their dream? I can't pass this up."
Yaitanes impressed in the first tryout in January and was asked to come back for the second. Head Coach Danton Barto liked enough of what he saw to bring him into camp, which opens on March 7th, to compete against returning starter James Pinkney and the other quarterbacks.
"I tried out for the Wolves back in 2004 and made it to the last cut," said Yaitanes, a Bridgewater State College product. "But I was only 18 and the coaches then told me to get older and more experienced. Now I'm here and I can't wait to come back in two weeks. I'm loving this and am pretty excited."
There is reason for excitement and enthusiasm all around the Wolves as they prepare to open camp.
"There were a lot of good football players who participated in the tryouts," said Barto. "Saturday's tryout was one of the best we've had since I've been here. The talent level was higher than it has been. I always like to have talent at every position coming into camp and competing. There is a lot of reason for optimism going into training camp."
The Wolves open the af2 season on Friday, March 27th on the road against division rival and arch foe Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton and then play their home opener on Saturday, April 18th on The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Tickets are on sale now and this year for the first time, the Wolves are tackling the recession with an innovative money-back guarantee.
The Wolves guarantee that anyone who purchases season tickets between February 20th and April 1st and becomes unemployed during the months of April, May, or June 2009 may have the purchase price refunded for all unused tickets. The money-back guarantee applies only to full season ticket packages.
"You really can't go wrong when you buy season tickets under this plan," said Wolves General Manager Stephanie Bike. "We have always known that supporting our football team is the best value for your sports and entertainment dollar, and now we guarantee it. At the same time, we intend to do our part to help our fans during these tough economic times."
Season ticket packages for all eight regular season home games range from $184 to $320 for adults, depending upon the location of the seats, and there are additional discounts for seniors and youths, with tickets for kids 12 and under priced as low as $50 for great seats.
For complete pricing options and details of the program, please visit [email protected] or call 603-627-9653 (Wolf) and a sales representative will be happy to be of assistance. Individual game tickets, partial season ticket packages, group sales tickets, and fundraiser tickets are also available for sale now but do not qualify for the refund guarantee.
Under terms of the guarantee, in order to receive a refund, a request must be made in writing and be accompanied by documentation of the job loss as well as the unused tickets. Those tickets charged to a credit card will have the amount of the refund credited to the same card after the team receives refund approval and those paid for by cash or check will receive a check within 10 days of receiving the refund approval.
For the official rules of the season ticket guarantee, go to www.manchesterwolves.com and click on "tickets".
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