Back in black Coach, players re-commit for 2019
Things are looking good in Panther land, with coach Harry Moran and star midfielder Alistair Jacka re-signing with the club for next year.
Jacka, who was runnerup in this season’s league best and fairest, has been instrumental for the Panthers in the past two years, while Moran is keen to lead his side for a fourth year as senior coach.
With about 80 per cent of the team re-committing for next season, Moran said it placed the Benalla All Blacks in a terrific position moving forward.
‘‘To have the stability of 80 per cent of players signed is really good to see as a coach,’’ Moran said.
‘‘In terms of where we’re going as a club it was a nobrainer for me to resign.
‘‘Alistair’s given me great support over the last two years and he’s a good player to lean on when recruiting.
‘‘A lot of people look up to him and he has been a revelation for us.
‘‘We’re looking to bigger and better things — hoping to get a premiership this year and do some damage again next year.’’
With the Panthers still firmly in the race for premiership glory, they are looking to right the wrongs of last year to leave with a flag in hand.
Club president Chris Mcnair said the club was pleased with the resignings for next season.
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Staying on: Panthers coach Harry Moran and Alistair Jacka have recommitted to the Benalla All Blacks for 2019. Picture: Garry Jones