Club changes to kick off footy season
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.