As of the team’s AGM on November 19, the Goulburn Swans began their preparation for the 2019 season with an emphasis on youth and moving the club forward.
This was reflected in a number of changes that the club has made to its committee and coaching staff, the most prominent of which was the election of Simon Treloar as head coach.
Treloar, who captained the side and was both the competition and the club Best and Fairest in 2018, was a logical choice to coach the side according to club president Dane Stevenson.
“He brings that real youthful passion and energy of football,” Stevenson said.
“He’s just got a different viewpoint on football and the brand and the style of footy that we should be playing.
“Simon absolutely lives and breathes the club, and obviously being the competition’s Best and Fairest this year and the club’s Best and Fairest, we’re no doubt that the direction that he’ll lead us in will be a positive one.”
It is unclear as yet whether Treloar will continue as captain along with his coaching duties, and Stevenson said that it is a decision that will be made once the playing group is established.
In welcoming Treloar, the club will also farewell outgoing coach Matt Lee, who was unable to continue in the post due to work commitments.
“He’s obviously going to be a big loss for us, as a class coach and as a player as well,” Stevenson said.
In addition to the absence of Lee, the club also farewelled outgoing treasurer, Adam Wilson, who was a stalwart of the committee for a number of years and has left to spend more time with his family.
“His young fella’s heavily involved in sport as well, and he wants to be involved in that process and that’s absolutely awesome,” Stevenson said.
“Adam’s a long-serving member of our football club, and we’ll obviously miss his professionalism and his expertise on and off the field.”
Wilson’s absent seat on the committee was taken by Andrew Clark, who will be the club’s new treasurer and in whom Stevenson expressed his full confidence.
All of the changes have been made with an eye towards the future for the Swans, in the hope of establishing a new foundation on which to continue building the club.
“We have a lot of young members now and a lot of young fellas that we’re hoping would put their hands up over the next four, five, six years at least,” Stevenson said.
“[They’re] moving forward with that and taking ownership of the club and moving it forward.”
Stevenson also emphasized that the club will retain its open and welcoming atmosphere, and fully encouraged anybody who is interested to come along and try their hand at the game.
Pre-season training is set to begin in January 2019.
The new board of the Swans is as follows:
- President: Dane Stevenson
- Vice President: Scott Fleming
- Treasurer: Andrew Clark
- Secretary: Hamish Copland
- Socials: Sam Buchanan
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