06 October 2010

Goodna Rugby League: Fullarton new Goodna coach

Jay Buchan | 6th October 2010
Chris Fullarton has been appointed Goodna A grade coach for 2011 and is confident he can do for the Eagles what he did for the Brethren, though hopefully with a better ending.
With 2010 coach Anthony Fowler's coaching future uncertain due to criminal charges the Eagles have snapped up the man who defeated them in the 2009 decider.
Fowler and his predecessor Amani Sami were close to many of the players and there is concern Fullarton's appointment could see a player exodus.
However Goodna club president Gary Parker is keen to see a change of culture at the club and believes Fullarton is the man for the job.
In the past two seasons Goodna have been the early season pace setters but appeared to have run their race when finals rolled around.
"I don't care if the players don't like him if he can do for us what we haven't been able to do (and win a premiership)," Parker said.
When Fullarton took over at Brothers for the 2009 season it prompted 2008 title winning captain Mat Cameron to leave the club.
However Fullarton built a team that was written off at the start of the season into champions.
Parker is confident he can do the same at Goodna, even if players leave the club.
"We want more professionalism, to try and develop that extra commitment that didn't seem to be there at times," he said.
"Not that we have done badly.
"We just haven't been able to win when it matters."
Fullarton acknowledges it will be a challenge but one he is looking forward to.
"They've got a lot of good players and there's great potential within the club," this year's Ipswich under-18 coach said.
"There is great potential within the club.
"Maybe I'm a little bit more strict in what I want players to do, but it's about using what they've got.
"I think, as a coach, that I can improve players.
"They've got some good young blokes, players like Elijah Umu that could come through.
"I'm a football coach so if the players want to train hard and play hard there will be opportunities."
It is a different sort of challenge to the one he took on at Brothers, who had won the previous three titles.
"At Brothers I was asked to make some changes, coming in from outside," Fullarton said.
"We brought up a number of players from the reggies (reserve grade) and they went well for us.
"Obviously there needs to be some changes at Goodna.
"There is a lot of talent.
"I've just got to get that out of them."
"I think I go about things pretty professionally."
Terry Needham has been appointed Eagles under-18 coach.

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