Back in black Coach, play­ers re-com­mit for 2019

Benalla Ensign - - Motorsport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

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

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