Manchester Wolves Announce Final Roster; Season Ticket Pick-Up Party On Sunday
MANCHESTER, NH-The Manchester Wolves today announced their final roster for the 2008 season as the team continued preparations for next week's season opener under new Head Coach Danton Barto.
"I feel pretty good about where we are. We have come a long way from day one to the end of training camp," said Barto, who took over the helm after spending last season as the head coach of the Arena Football League Las Vegas Gladiators and won the 2005 af2 championship with the Memphis Xplorers. "This team gets better every day and I'm excited to get the season started."
Although the af2 kicks off its regular season tonight, the Wolves can only watch from the sidelines as this is a bye week for them. Being idle should be of benefit as Barto stamped his trademark on this year's edition of the Wolves by recruiting a majority of new players on both sides of the ball.
"Starting off with a bye week will be good for us because we have so many new guys," he said. "This gives us the opportunity for another good week of practice and for the guys to get to know each other, both on and off the field."
Several of the newcomers, including quarterback Justin Rummel, defensive back Dahneal Singfield, and linemen Larry Brown, Keenan Carter, and Joe Crear are expected to be immediate impact players.
Rummell (6'2", 220 lbs.), whom Barto acquired last week in a trade with the Spokane Shock, will get the starting nod when the Wolves travel to East Division Rival Mahoning Valley on April 5th to open the fifth season in franchise history. Rummell is expected to lend consistency to the position with his af2 experience and talent.
With Rummell getting the starting nod, quarterback Brian Boland was released today and quarterback James Pinkney was granted permission to work out for a Canadian Football League team. Also released today was wide receiver/defensive back Will Evans while defensive lineman Aaris Johnson was placed on injured reserve.
On Sunday, the Wolves will renew a popular team tradition when they host the season-ticket pick-up party with the players, coaches, Lady Wolf Pack, and team mascot Blitz at the Yard Restaurant in Manchester from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fans who have yet to purchase tickets to Wolves home games on Brady Sullivan Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena will have the opportunity to do so at the event.
During the party, the players will introduce brand new uniforms designed especially for this year. The new look is reflective of the new direction of the team under Coach Barto.
The Lady Wolf Pack also has an entirely new look for 2008. While in the past the Lady Wolf Pack was a team of 22 professional dancers, this year it will be a promotional squad of 11 young community-service oriented women. The squad will still entertain fans and interact with them at every home game.
After opening the season with two road games, the Wolves return to Manchester for the home opener on Friday, April 18th against East Division rival Albany. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.manchesterwolves.com or call 603-627-9653 (WOLF).
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