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Meester, Kampman confident in lockout resolution

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PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- The owners and players finally say they're making progress in a lockout resolution after talks last week.  Those talks will again resume early this week as training camps are set to begin in about a month.

It's all caused uncertainty for the players, including Jacksonville teammates Aaron Kampman and Brad Meester.  However, the two former Aplington-Parkersburg stand-outs are confident an agreement will be reached.

"I've heard a lot of great things, I know they're getting a lot closer, so we are definitely excited," said Meester. "I'm glad to see us getting close, because we're ready to go back.  We're excited for the season."

"We're getting closer to a deal," agreed Kampman. "Hopefully there'll be no absences of games and things like that.  Hopefully we start on time."

Despite the uncertainty, both players believe some good has come from the lockout.

"We've turned a negative into a positive," said Kampman. "We've been able to empower more leadership.  Guys have stepped up and what we've done is we've broken our team up into 8 different leaders, and those guys are in charge of their guys.  It's actually been great for us.  I'm anxious for us to see the fruits of it this season."

Meester agreed, "It's caused us to really grow together as a team.  Instead of having to go in there and rely on coaches, we've got a group of guys that are doing it together.  It really speaks volume for our team and what we stand for."

Training camps are set to open the first week of August.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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