Ea­gles eye a fresh start

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

NEW Nor­folk Foot­ball Club’s men’s and women’s se­nior teams will have new lead­ers tak­ing charge from next sea­son, as the club em­barks on a new di­rec­tion.

Fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for the se­nior side, which saw it miss the fi­nals, the club has ap­pointed last sea­son’s cap­tain Josh Clif­ford as se­nior coach to help re­turn the club to the suc­cess that saw it claim last year’s SFL premier­ship.

Club pres­i­dent Sally Cole­man said Clif­ford, who takes over from 2018 coach Jeremy Parker, was the right per­son to lead the club into the fu­ture.

“Josh has been with the club for around a decade, he’s lead from the front as cap­tain, and was coach of our un­der­age kids,” she said.

“We’re en­ter­ing into an ex­cit­ing new era and Josh will have dif­fer­ent ideas and bring more young peo­ple into the club.”

Clif­ford said he was ex­cited by the task of tak­ing on the top job.

“It will cer­tainly be a chal­lenge,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously there was no fi­nals for us this year, and I’ve learned hav­ing been around the club for 10 years that miss­ing out on fi­nals is never nice. I don’t ex­pect all that much to change, we’ll have struc­tures in place as al­ways. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to in­vest­ing in our ju­niors and hope­fully bring­ing a new pool of tal­ent into the club.”

Ms Cole­man said the ap­point­ment of David Kube as women’s coach for 2019 would bring about a new pos­i­tive di­rec­tion for the women’s side.

Adam Sav­ille has also been an­nounced as se­nior as­sis­tant coach ahead of next sea­son. Re­serves coach Corey Rans­ley and colts coach Paul Clark will lead their re­spec­tive sides in 2019.

Pic­ture: MATT THOMP­SON

NEW DI­REC­TION: New Nor­folk foot­ball coaches, from left, David Kube, Corey Rans­ley, Paul Clark, Adam Sav­ill and Joshua Clif­ford.

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