Nicholls set to coach Bulls
The Harvey Bulls appointed Craig Nicholls as their 2019 league coach on Tuesday night, following endorsement by the club’s committee.
Nicholls, a premiership-winning assistant coach under Julian Burgess at Donnybrook last season, said passion and commitment were two of the major reasons behind deciding to commit to the Bulls.
“It’s got to do mainly with working with the colts players and so forth,” he said. “More to do with developing the younger fellas and getting them up to the standard of playing league football.
“We had a fair few go through the league team this year. Obviously it’s a small country town as well, so they are probably in the same boat as Donnybrook in terms of recruiting.
“It’s probably a little bit easier than Donnybrook though — just because we are a little bit closer to the Perth region.
“Also in talking with the passionate committee members and president, they are passionate about football like I am as well, and it all sort of fell into place, really.” Nicholls is a big believer in ensuring his side is fit to handle the rigours of league football and is upbeat about the challenges ahead.
“Mainly they’ve got to be fit,” he said. “Fitness is a main key of everything. You have to be up and about – make sure your skills are good and hit your targets.
“It’s about hard work. It’s about putting a bit of time into the younger guys because the younger guys are the ones who can run all day, along with working with the older guys who have the experience.”
Nicholls, who spent time coaching in Kalgoorlie-Boulder before his stint at the Dons, learnt plenty last season and was complimentary of his time at VC Mitchell Park.
“Just across the board it was really good working with Julian and the other assistants in general” he said.
“We worked together and just seeing the professionalism from Julian and all the work that he puts in.
“He has the utmost respect from all of his players and he is a really good coach and I was really happy that he asked me to come on board with them, to tell you the truth.”
The Harvey Bulls are confident of brighter times under a new coach after a challenging season.