New Sharks coach focuses on retention

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Stewart MacTaggart has been appointed the new league coach of the Albany Sharks for next season.
Camera IconStewart MacTaggart has been appointed the new league coach of the Albany Sharks for next season. Credit: Laurie Benson

New Albany Sharks league coach Stewart MacTaggart has labelled player retention one of his major priorities heading into the 2020 Great Southern Football League season.

MacTaggart, who was in charge of the Sharks reserves last season, was announced as the one to take over from outgoing senior coach Kim Mayfield last Thursday.

A premiership player with Boxwood Hill in the Ongerup Football Association, MacTaggart also has coaching experience with the Cottesloe Roosters in the Perth Football League.

MacTaggart said he would aim to further improve the club both on and off the field.

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“There will be a focus on player retention more than anything,” he said.

“It will be a bit of a different direction.

“I want to have more transparency between all four grades, have them playing a similar game style and as a club keep making consistent, small achievements because things won’t just happen overnight. Our vision for next year is the development of people both women and men, supporters at our club.”

The 31-year-old moved back to Albany recently through his employment and said coaching league football had been something he was always interested in.

“I made my mind up before I moved down I was coming to the Sharks because I love the underdog,” MacTaggart said.

“The plan was to build a solid foundation and work my way into coaching league.

“It happened a bit quicker than I expected but I’m ready to take it on.

“I have good support from Chub (Mayfield) as well, he and I have built up a good relationship and we haven’t lost him from the club which is great.”

In a major boost for the Sharks hopes next season, Jake Louthean has returned to his junior club.

Louthean was the inaugural Sharks captain when they entered the GSFL with a colts side back in 2008 and has spent time with South Fremantle in the WAFL.

In other Sharks coaching appointments, Harley Coyne will take charge of the colts, Jake Stuart will coach the sixteens and the women’s side will be under the guidance of Ricky Inman.

A reserves coach and assistants to support MacTaggart at league level are yet to be announced.

The Sharks will officially start their pre-season on January 16.

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