BY JACK KOVACIC
Coburg’s 2020 playing list has received another massive boost with the re-signing of defender Harry Nolan.
The 20-year-old key defender has played 33 games over his two seasons at the club and has been named amongst the best players on 17 occasions.
Nolan enjoyed a consistent season in 2019, winning the club’s Dave Starbuck Most Determined player as well as the Eric Lines Most Valuable Player.
He also finished fifth in the club’s best and fairest.
Nolan’s averages per game; 9.8 disposals at 72% efficiency and 3.6 marks, won’t blow you away but the key defender takes the best forward every week and more often than not, will keep them quiet.
Nolan said the decision to re-sign and stay at Coburg in 2020 was an easy one.
“I just love being a part of the club, the boys are a fantastic group and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” he said.
Despite already establishing himself as one of the best key defenders in the VFL, Nolan still can see plenty of areas for improvement in his game.
“I’d like to keep working on improving my game, and work on more intercepting and running off my man, coming into my third year I want to be more than just a lock down defender,” he said.
Nolan was exciting by the appointment of Andrew Sturgess as head coach.
“I worked with Sturg in my first season at the club, you can see how much he loves the club and it rubs off on everyone else. We are all so excited to have him back for next season,” he said.
Coburg General Manager Sebastian Spagnuolo see’s Nolan’s re-signing as another positive in a great off-season.
“Our off season has been very positive to this point and that positivity continues with Harry re-committing to the club and becoming the 26th listed player from 2019 to do so,” he said, “Having 26 returning players make up our 40 man squad in 2020 is a great achievement and one we’re really proud of as a club.”
Spagnuolo said the improvement in Nolan’s game said last season was clear.
“Harry’s game went to another level in 2019 and he quickly became one of the best key defenders in the VFL, he’s still only 20 years of age so there’s so much upside to his game still.”
He also is aware that 2020 could be Nolan’s last year at the club with the potential of an AFL club drafting him.
“There’s no reason for Harry to not be mentioned as a potential AFL draftee at the end of the 2020 season which is his third season at the level,” Spagnuolo said, “He has huge scope for improvement in his game and we’re proud he’ll continue playing VFL footy with our club.”
Coburg fans can also expect more news on the clubs list for 2020 to be announced soon.
“We still have a few more returning players and new signings to lock away which we’re working towards over the next few weeks,” Spagnuolo said.