Rod Craig and Simon Closter announced as Southern Power 2011 Senior Coaches

26th October, 2010

Southern Power AFC is excited to announce that Simon Closter has been reappointed as the clubs Senior Coach but in a coup for the Power he will be joined by current Premier League player Rod Craig who will join as a playing co-coach of the Power in the 2011 Sydney AFL season.

Closter continues his role as Senior Coach after three successful seasons at the helm culminating in the Power winning the Division 2 premiership earlier this year, the first in 24 years for the Club.

Craig (the 2003 & 2004 Best & Fairest winner for the Southern Sharks AFC) is very well known and highly respected in Sydney football having played over 100 games in Premier League and the Club could not be happier with his appointment. He has a wealth of football experience to bring to the young Power side including being captain of the NSW / ACT Indigenous Representative team from 2002 to the present, being chosen in the All-Australian Indigenous Representative Squad (captain in 2008), the 2004 Snow Medalist as the Best & Fairest Player for the former SFA and being the 2005 St George AFC Club Best and Fairest winner.

Craig is very excited about the opportunity to work with Closter and the Southern Powers young side for 2011 and will be looking to help build on the clubs recent success both on and off the field, “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of my first senior coaching role and could see no better club to lead than the club I first started playing Sydney footy with. It is an absolute honour to be chosen, along with Simon, to lead the First Grade side into a new era and develop what is already a fine squad into a real competitor in the Sydney AFL 1st Division. Perhaps the biggest challenge will be coming in to lead a club that has just won a First Grade flag but after provisional talks with Simon, it is evident that we have the same ideas on the game and how it should be played and I know we can put together a successful playing structure to accommodate the promotion into the higher Division”.

Additionally, Craig liked what he has seen off the field with the huge steps the Club had made over recent years and was excited about the ambitions for the future, “I have been impressed with the Southern Power’s professionalism and the direction that the club is heading. They have a great Board in place and the club has strong community and family values, which was another key factor in me applying for the position. I thank them for giving me this opportunity and will be doing my best to fulfill and ultimately exceed any expectation they have of me”.

Closter also is looking forward to the challenge of competitive football each in Division 1 and watching the continued growth of the current playing group, many of whom are local juniors. The addition of Craig as co-coach is something he is also very excited about, “Rods experience on the field will be a huge bonus for this successful but very young team. The current playing group has proven that they are hungry for success but the best part is that they are willing to really do the hard yards to achieve this. That attitude combined with Rods extensive football knowledge both on and off the field will be invaluable for the club in what shapes as a pivotal season for the Power”.

The Club is also pleased to announce that Michael Maclennan will return as Assistant Coach for 2011 after working with Closter this season.

The mix of new recruits and the young up and coming juniors to the Powers already strong line up bodes well for all of the Clubs sides in 2011.

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