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23.10.2013 09:45 Age: 3 yrs
Category: NEAFL News

Angus to coach Sharks in 2014

Matt Angus will be the Southport Sharks coach in 2014.

Matt Angus will be the Southport Sharks coach in 2014.

The former Broadbeach mentor comes to the Sharks with extensive experience both in Queensland and interstate.

In his time at the Cats, Angus oversaw the development of players such as Dayne Zorko ( Brisbane Lions) and Andrew Boston (SUNS).

Before arriving on the coast, the West Australian coached the Claremont Colts in the WAFL, making the finals in all four years at the helm, including one premiership.

In his time, Angus has seen 21 players under his wing be drafted to AFL clubs, including Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe and Collingwood’s Harry O’Brien.

Angus said he couldn’t wait to get started at Southport, with preseason set to kick off in the coming weeks.

“I’m absolutely jumping out of my skin to be at Southport,” he said.

“I’m definitely not taking the appointment lightly and I can’t wait to meet the players and support staff and begin to implement the processes and policies that will see this club get back to being the industry leader on the football landscape, not only in Queensland, but on the east coast.”

 Angus said the newly restructured NEAFL, in which Southport is the only Gold Coast side, provided an opportunity for great success at Fankhauser Reserve.

“I think the new structure of the competition gives us an excellent opportunity to assemble a side that showcases the best talent from the Gold Coast & Northern Rivers,” he said.

 “I can’t wait to take on the NSW/ACT sides and the other Queensland and NT teams.”

 Southport football manager, Jason Cotter, said Angus’ development experience would be crucial for the club in the coming seasons.

“We are really rapt to have Matt on board,” he said.

 “The list we are looking at, at the moment, is a young list that can create an era here at the footy club.

 “Hopefully, we as a club will be able to look back on a lasting legacy in the years to come.”

 Cotter said the process of appointing a new coach had given the football department an opportunity to look at the bigger picture, and Angus fitted right in.

“The process was enlightening for me, it was good for our football sub-committee and it gave us an opportunity to analyse not only our coaching structure but the club as a whole. 

“Matt interviewed really well, he was impressive from the start and was actually up there after our initial meeting over a coffee. 

 “He ticks all the boxes and we are really happy to welcome Matt on board.”

 Angus replaces club stalwart, Norm Dare, who will stay on in a talent identification role for the Sharks.

 “Norm has done a fantastic job, and will continue to do so in his role as talent Identification for the club,” Cotter said.

 “He is certainly responsible for getting some of the best kids here onto our list and most of them will remain here, and will now go on to learn and develop under Matt. 

 “The club would certainly not be in as strong a position, leading into the newly structured competition if it wasn’t for Norm’s input.”