By JESS WEBSTER
Aspley has appointed former assistant Daniel Webster as head coach John Blair’s replacement.
Webster, 35, left the Hornets this year to join QAFL club Mt Gravatt after serving as an assistant at Aspley for several years whilst also working with the Brisbane Lions Academy and Queensland under-age programs.
“I’m looking forward to being back at Graham Road,” Webster told neafl.com.au.
“It’s been a club that I’ve spent seven years with – the draw card also being working with a playing group I’ve spent a lot of time with over the years as well.
“Aspley is known for consistently presenting a strong list. There’s a rich history there with a lot of success from juniors through to seniors and my role will be to add to it.”
Webster got involved in coaching after a series of groin and hamstring injuries ended a promising playing career at the age of 20.
He started out with the Northern Raiders Under-18s program and has coached in a variety of roles in the years since.
His long list of achievements over the past nine years includes coaching stints with the Brisbane Lions Academy, the Under-16 and Under-18 Queensland talent program and the Hornets, where he served as both the backline and midfield coach.
Webster, who currently holds an AFL Level 3 coaching accreditation, was also named the NEAFL Emerging Coach of the Year in 2012.
He certainly has big shoes to fill after AFLQ Hall of Fame member John Blair called time on his 37-year coaching career at the end of the season, as the Hornets made a sixth consecutive finals series.
Having spent many years working with Blair, Webster – who learned of his new role whilst on holiday in Thailand – said there will be some consistencies to his predecessor with a strong focus on player development and building on Aspley’s list his main priorities.
“Blairy and I are similar in our views on football so they’ll be a level of consistency,” he said.
“The brand won’t change, but how we go about it will as we each bring our own flavour to the mix. I’ve always had a strong focus on player development and the NEAFL competition allows you to work with a wide spectrum of talent from AFL-listed players through to draft prospects.
“When I’m back in the country, our focus will be on building out the coaching team – I care about diversity of thought and experience and that’s something we’ll be looking for.
“Equally, building out the list. We’ve had a list that’s filled with players that are hard to match up on and our focus will be to ensure we continue to be dangerous in that regard.”
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