New Joeys coach knows not to mess with suc­cess

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NEW St Joseph’s coach Paul Car­son says for­mer cap­tain Ben Capra has ex­pressed a de­sire to play on again in 2019.

The three-time premier­ship player — twice as cap­tain — works in Mel­bourne and has played 195 se­nior games with Joeys over the past decade.

He played along­side his new coach for six of those years when Car­son wore the red, gold and black un­til 2015.

Car­son, who took the se­nior coach­ing reins from Heath Jamieson last week, said his for­mer skip­per gave ev­ery sig­nal that he would be play­ing at Drew Re­serve next year.

“I was on the phone to Benny Capra last week and he’s prob­a­bly one guy that’s sit­ting on the fence,” Car­son said.

“But all in­di­ca­tions he’s given to me, I think he’s re­ally happy that I am the next coach and from what I’ve been told, he’ll be play­ing on again, which is great.

“I think 99 per cent of the list will stay the same.”

Car­son has wasted no time in be­gin­ning the list man­age­ment, but knows the back-to­back premier­ship-win­ning squad does not need much tin­ker­ing.

“We’re pretty deep into that, se­cur­ing the cur­rent list, try­ing to work out who’s mov­ing on and who’s not and plug­ging some holes,” he said.

“We’re speak­ing to a lot of new faces, but ad­mit­tedly a se­lect few, ba­si­cally. We feel we’re in the po­si­tion we can pick and choose a lit­tle bit and purely just go af­ter what we feel like we need to comp- le­ment the list we’ve al­ready got. We un­der­stand we’ve got a good ju­nior base com­ing through, so we re­ally want to de­velop those guys too and put some time into those kids.”

Car­son, who said he would still be coach­ing An­gle­sea had the Joeys job not be­come avail­able, said he re­ceived sup­port from both Jamieson and Colling­wood premier­ship cap­tain Nick Maxwell dur­ing the in­ter­view process.

“I was a lit­tle bit un­sure and both those guys were re­ally sup­port­ive and said just have a go,” Car­son said.

“Maxy was one guy who said, ‘Lis­ten, you’re only rel­a­tively new to the ca­per, this ex­pe­ri­ence just to go through the process will be good for you any­way’.

“I’m def­i­nitely ex­cited, mate, it’s good to be back at … I’ll call it my home club. A lit­tle bit daunt­ing, though, with the shoes to fill and com­ing off back-to-back pre­mier­ships, so no doubt we’ve got our work cut out.

“But we’ve gone through our play­ing list, our cur­rent list at the minute and feel there’s a lot of up­side still to the group.”

Ben Capra

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