Rangers’ reserve grade coach Col Willis, president Ashley Williams and first grade coach Darren Morn THE Macleay Valley Rangers 2016 pre-season kicked off last night with their first official training session.
After failing to make it into the top five last year in the North Coast Premier League competition, the Rangers have gone through a rebuilding exercise in the hope of regaining their honour for the 2016 season.
New Rangers’ president Ashley Williams told the Macleay Argus there is now a new mixture of old and new members who now sit on the club’s committee.
“Wally Glover is now the vice president, Kelle Johnson is the secretary and Larisa Sultana is the treasurer,” Williams said.
“Along with the changes we have also changed our first grade and reserve grade coaching team after some great work from former coaches Peter Henry and Dean Riordan.
“Our first grade coach is now Darren Morn and the reserve grade coach is Col Willis.”
Darren Morn has been with the club for over 30 years with most of his time spent in that period as a first grade player for the team.
“I’ve been assistant coach for the reserve grade for the last few years but I thought the time was right to have a crack at coaching first grade,” Morn said.
“I’ll be mainly concentrating on improving players individual skills initially as well as improving the team in general and working hard in finding their strengths and weaknesses and honing in on those aspects.”
Col Willis has been playing with the team for the past 30 years as well but pulled the pin playing first grade a few years ago and since then he has been playing in the reserve grade side.
“Coaching has always been something I wanted to do,” Willis said.
“I have coached the young fellas through from ages 5 to 18 but I believe now is as good a time as any to start coaching the men.
“Despite physical training I’m planning on working to get into the players heads mentally and work from there but the goal is to make it into the finals in 2016.”
Williams said the club has created a new code of conduct for the players, coaches, managers and spectators.
“We would like to bring back the family atmosphere at our home and away games,” Williams said.
“The club feels soccer in general has lost the family atmosphere so we have brought in a strict code of conduct to stamp out bad behaviour both on and off the field.
“We’ve always had a good atmosphere and we have never really had any problems but the committee wanted the rules on paper to lead the code by example.”
Williams said the Rangers’ pre-season began last night with their first official training session.
“It was training meet and greet and with an open invitation to try out at any ability and we had a good turnout as expected,” Williams said.
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