Premier­ship player ap­pointed coach

Joondalup Times - - SPORT - Justin Bian­chini

IN the WAFL’s worst-kept se­cret, for­mer West Perth player Ge­off Valen­tine will re­turn to Joon­dalup as the Fal­cons’ new coach.

The Clare­mont as­sis­tant coach re­places Bill Mon­aghan, who was con­tro­ver­sially not of­fered a new con­tract last month after guid­ing West Perth to a grand fi­nal this sea­son in a 10-year ten­ure that yielded a premier­ship, three grand fi­nals and seven fi­nals ap­pear­ances.

He will join Fal­cons foot­ball op­er­a­tions man­ager and 1995 West Perth premier­ship team­mate Steve Trewhella, after he went back on a de­ci­sion last month to ac­cept the va­cant coach­ing job at East Fre­man­tle. It was re­vealed at the week­end that the Sharks have signed Mon­aghan as their new men­tor.

“It’s an hon­our to be ap­pointed as se­nior coach of the West Perth FC, the club that I played for with pride and won a premier­ship for,” Valen­tine said in a state­ment re­leased by the club.

“I’m ex­cited about what lies ahead for this cur­rent group and the club by build­ing on the pro­gram that has been es­tab­lished.”

The club said Valen­tine, foot­ball di­rec­tor and premier­ship coach of Guild­ford Gram­mar School, brought sig­nif­i­cant coach­ing and play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

After fin­ish­ing play­ing at West Perth, he had coach­ing roles with the Wodonga Raiders, Camp­bell­town, West Perth, Swan Dis­tricts and Clare­mont. He also had foot­ball roles with North Mel­bourne, Carl­ton and Rich­mond.

“As a club, we went through a thor­ough process to get the best per­son and Ge­off brings a wealth of coach­ing knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, which we feel will strengthen our foot­ball pro­gram,” West Perth pres­i­dent Neale Fong said in the state­ment.

“We are con­fi­dent that un­der his tute­lage the club will con­tinue to progress and ex­cel both on and off the field.

“Ge­off demon­strated his vi­sion for build­ing key re­la­tion­ships, pas­toral care of the play­ing group and sup­port staff, along with con­nect­ing with the wider foot­ball com­mu­nity within our metro and coun­try dis­tricts.”

New West Perth coach Ge­off Valen­tine in his play­ing days for Camp­bell­town.

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