Club changes to kick off footy sea­son

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

MA­JOR changes will test the re­silience of the New Nor­folk Foot­ball Club for the 2018 sea­son af­ter a suc­cess­ful pre­mier­ship cam­paign this year.

For­mer se­nior pre­mier­ship player Jeremy Parker was ap­pointed se­nior coach for 2018 af­ter leav­ing his role at St Vir­gils.

Lead­er­ship staff hope Mr Parker will be the right per­son to help ful­fil their three to fiveyear vi­sion for the club.

Parker has signed a twoyear con­tract with the op­tion to ex­tend at the end of that pe­riod.

“We’re ex­tremely ex­cited to have Jeremy and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism he will bring to the club,” pres­i­dent Ben Shaw said.

For­mer New Nor­folk se­nior coach Matthew Smith has signed a three-year con­tract with Brighton Foot­ball Club.

Mr Shaw said there were no hard feel­ings and that Smith’s trans­fer was agree­able be­tween both par­ties.

Mr Shaw will step down at the end of the year due to pro­fes­sional com­mit­ments and is seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the role.

“I went in and ap­pointed Matthew for the on-field stuff, he said.

“We had a two-year plan to get the play­ers back and get some real struc­ture around the club and that’s what Matthew and I did to­gether as a pres­i­dent and a coach.”

Paul Clarke will fill the role of Un­der 18 coach while Jeremy Ack­erly steps up as se­nior as­sis­tant coach.

Leigh Post and Mathew Parker will re­join the Ea­gles in sup­port roles.

The re­serves coach and as­sis­tant coaches are yet to be an­nounced.

The lead­er­ship changes come af­ter the New Nor­folk se­niors de­feated Lind­is­farne to take the 2017 SFL pre­mier­ship — the club’s 26th se­nior pre­mier­ship flag.

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