Leigh Hislop reappointed for second season as North Albany head coach

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North Albany's Leigh Hislop.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Leigh Hislop. Credit: Laurie Benson

Leigh Hislop will enter a second season at the helm of North Albany after his recent reappointment as the Kangas league coach, announced earlier this month.

Hislop took charge of the Kangas in 2020 after moving to town and guided them to the finals in his first season.

The Kangas went through a big turnover of players last season, blooding a number of youngsters, and Hislop said that was one of the main reasons he stayed on.

“I actually know everyone know at the club and I have an understanding of the opposition after a season in charge now,” he said.

“Last year was difficult with a new coach not knowing the talent of your players and the opposition.

“I wanted a chance to keep developing the kids coming through.

“With the points system I feel we are most affected by it but it’s exciting and we have a heap of good kids coming through.”

Hislop, who played 89 league games for Swan Districts in the WAFL, said the Kangas will start pre-season training in January.

“It was absolutely an easy decision to take on the role again, I feel coaching is not a one-year thing and last year was very different,” he said.

“I wanted to have another crack at coaching, I’m ready to roll.

“I think the club had a good year in a shorter year and I think we can build that going into next season,” he said.

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