Saints re-sign Fisher
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