The Coburg Football Club is thrilled to announce that our 2017 Jim Sullivan Medallist Liam Hunt has recommitted to the Lions for next season.
Going into his fourth season at the club, he joins Mick Mattingly and the 15 others who have already signed on for season 2018.
Besides meeting the new players and coaches, including newly appointed senior coach Leigh Adams, he also looks forward to working together as a playing group to overcome some of the challenges they faced on game-day.
“I’m looking forward to really working hard as a group in areas that didn’t go too well for us this year,” he said.
“Having a young coaching panel probably excites me most, with Leigh as head coach and Sturg (Andrew Sturgess) as our midfield coach.”
Despite averaging 24 disposals, six clearances and nine handball receives this season, Hunt still has a few areas he wants to “tidy up”.
“I have a couple of areas I need to tidy up, including being able to use my foot skills to advantage, and to hit the scoreboard when going forward,” he said.
“More importantly, I need to keep working on my strengths to keep them at a high level.”
And as for the group, he also has an idea of what needs to be done to help Coburg find future success.
“As a group we need to be able to use the ball better, especially going inside 50 to enable more scoring opportunities which was our down fall last season.”
“I also think for us going into next season our second, third, and fourth-year players need to really stand up and improve immensely for us to push up the ladder,” he continued.
“Our group needs a professional approach and a competitive edge going into pre-season for us to make any noise in 2018.”
General Manager Sebastian Spagnuolo was also happy to secure the 22-year old mid-fielder for another season at Coburg, describing it as “fantastic news”.
“As our best and fairest winner, we know that he would’ve had lucrative offers from elsewhere, and we’re really proud that Liam has decided to continue with the Coburg Football Club.”
“The challenge for the football club now is to build a culture and environment that will encourage players like Liam and his teammates to remain committed to the club in the long-term.”
“Over the coming weeks we will have some more announcements soon, but this is fantastic news for the club and we hope to secure some more senior key players in the near future.”
By Brooke Varney.