GORDON has gone for youth backed by experience with its coaching line-up for season 2013.
Corey Grills has returned to the Central Highlands Football League club as playing coach after having spent the past season away from footy.
The first time senior coach’s immediate predecessor, Rob Fuller, will remain at the Eagles as the club’s director of coaching.
Grill played with the Eagles in 2011, the year they played finals. The 27-year-old believes, with the right guidance, they can return to the finals next season.
“I think we need to work on our fitness and discipline on and off the field,” Grills said yesterday.
“We are a good attacking team and, if we can strengthen the defensive side to our game, I think we can definitely make finals.”
Grills, who is sports coordinator at Yuille Park Community College, played four seasons at Ballarat prior to joining Gordon. Prior to that he was at the North Ballarat Rebels and had two seasons at the Roosters.
“I believe I can bring a degree of professionalism from those experiences,” he explained.
While Grills is a comparatively new face at Gordon, Fuller will provide a level of familiarity and stability.
Tye Murphy, meanwhile, has been been reappointed as assistant coach.
Eagles president Mick Torpy said the club was impressed with Grills’ leader qualities.
“We’re delighted to have him back,” he said.
“We believe he has all the attributes required by a coach.”
Torpy said there was no reason under Grills that Gordon could not again play finals.
“We are a quality young group. Luck didn’t always go our way last season.”