Captain Turned Coach
- Thursday, 04 October 2012
Last year’s Colts captain Matthew Turner has begun a career in coaching with a role as an assistant for the U’14s Development Squads.
Turner enjoyed his first win as a coach on Wednesday when the young Lions smashed the East Perth 14’s 134 to 8 in the second round of the development carnival.
The hardworking midfielder was happy to take the opportunity and claims it offers a different perspective to the game.
“It’s a whole different ball game from the coaches’ box. Instead of looking after yourself you have 18 guys to watch but it’s been enjoyable so far and it’s great to get a different perspective of the game.”
A career in coaching could tie in well with the 19 year olds career plans as he pursues a career in teaching.
“I’m currently studying English teaching at Edith Cowan University so I’m hoping to have a focus on footy coaching at the same time,
I could definitely see myself coaching in the future; I love footy too much to walk away when my playing days are done.”
In regards to the talent coming through the Subiaco development squads, Turner has been impressed with what he’s seen in the first two rounds.
“There’s a lot of talent in this group of 14 year olds, both from Perth and country football, now it’s all about getting what the club wants from them as players and what we want from them as coaches.”
Turner will be coaching during the off-season as he takes a year off to get his body right and come back as a player for the Subiaco football club in 2014.
*All opinions expressed are by the journalist and in no way the opinion of the Subiaco Football club*