Saints re-sign Fisher

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SARAH SCULLY

Hor­sham Saints Foot­ball Net­ball Club has re-signed se­nior coach Luke Fisher for the 2018 Wim­mera league sea­son.

Club pres­i­dent Mick Mor­ris said it was an ‘easy de­ci­sion’ to re-ap­point the classy on-baller, who took over the reins from pre­mier­ship coach Shayne Breuer this sea­son.

“The club voted unan­i­mously for Luke to con­tinue,” he said.

“We’re re­ally happy with his per­for­mance on and off the field.

“We’re look­ing to pin down some plans for next year and re-sign­ing Luke al­lows us to be on the front foot when it comes to re­tain­ing play­ers and re­cruit­ing for next sea­son.”

Fisher, a dec­o­rated foot­baller who joined the Saints fol­low­ing two years as play­ing coach at Don­ald in North Cen­tral league, said he was pleased to ce­ment his spot at the club for an­other year.

He said he de­cided not to sign a two-year deal orig­i­nally be­cause he wanted to see how he fared fol­low­ing a knee re­con­struc­tion.

“I wanted to make sure I was back play­ing alright be­fore I took on the ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

“Coach­ing for an­other year was a bit of a given and we thought now was the right time to an­nounce it to al­low an easy tran­si­tion to next year.

“Hope­fully soon we’ll start re-sign­ing our ex­ist­ing list and then we’ll have a look at what kind of play­ers we need and start re­cruit­ing.

“It’s good for the club to know what di­rec­tion we’re go­ing in.”

The Saints are sit­ting fifth with three rounds of the home-and-away sea­son re­main­ing and will play fi­nals.

“It’s been a bit tough this year, with the club com­ing off two back-to­back pre­mier­ships and three con­sec- utive grand fi­nals,” he said. “They’re used to suc­cess, but we’ve had a few play­ers re­tire or leave this year, which has made things a bit harder be­cause we lack some of the ex­pe­ri­ence we once had.

“In say­ing that, it’s given op­por­tu­ni­ties to other play­ers and we’ve seen plenty of pos­i­tive signs with some of our younger guys stand­ing up.

“The de­vel­op­ment this year has been good for the club.”

Fisher said on a per­sonal level, he found the tran­si­tion from Don­ald to the Saints easy.

“The club was re­ally wel­com­ing to both my part­ner and I,” he said.

“We didn’t know any­one and right from the start we felt like we be­longed. It’s a great fam­ily club.”

Mr Mor­ris said Saints lead­ers looked for­ward to the fu­ture.

“We have three or four foot­ball sides in fi­nals and all of our net­ball teams,” he said.

“The club as a whole is go­ing re­ally well. We’re fi­nan­cially sound, we’re win­ning and ev­ery­one is en­joy­ing them­selves.

“There is a good feel­ing around the club.

“First and fore­most we want to fin­ish the 2017 sea­son on a high and then we’ll look for­ward to a strong 2018.”

LOOK­ING FOR­WARD: Hor­sham Saints Foot­ball Net­ball Club has re-signed Luke Fisher, left, as se­nior coach for 2018. Pres­i­dent Mick Mor­ris, right, is pleased with the ap­point­ment, which will al­low the club to look ahead to next year. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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