Dubbo Demons head back to training for the 2018 AFL Central West season

Starting strong: Midfielder Caroline McGrath kicked nine goals in her debut season for the Dubbo Demons.

Starting strong: Midfielder Caroline McGrath kicked nine goals in her debut season for the Dubbo Demons.

The Dubbo Demons have returned to the training paddock as they ready themselves for another tilt at the 2018 AFL Central West premiership.

The Mens and Womens teams had their first session on Thursday night and coaches are looking to put them through their paces to have them ready for a big season.

Demons club president Nick Lowther said he is confident of a good year.

“There's a lot to celebrate from the 2017 season for us, particularly the women’s side making the grand final - but we're hungry to go one step further for both sides,” he said.

The club welcomes Will Bunt back as first grade men’s coach for the 2018 season, and he will add some new faces to his leadership team for the upcoming year.

They will be hoping for improvement after a tough season with injuries saw them knocked out in the opening week of the finals.

Outgoing coach Niwa Gotty and club captain Matilda Asser will help begin the women’s team training for next year with an announcement in the coming weeks of a new coach.

There's a lot to celebrate from the 2017 season for us but we're hungry to go one step further for both sides.

Nick Lowther

They are hoping to build on the success of 2017 and put a stop to the Bathurst Bushrangers’ run of three consecutive women’s titles.

Mr Lowther said the next four weeks would focus on skills, with an opportunity for men’s and women’s players to make the switch to AFL more easier for next year.

“If players have wanted to give AFL a shot but don't quite know everything, this is where you'll pick it up - it's a great game and an inclusive club,” he said.

“It's also the chance to meet new people if you're new to town.”

Training happens on Thursday nights at South Dubbo Oval from 7pm and is free until the end of the year.