Norwood Football Club  

31/01/2017 2:59:38 PM

The Norwood Football Club is proud to announce its official leadership group for the 2017 McDonalds SANFL Season.

The leadership group was voted upon by the players and was based amongst who set the Norwood Football Clubs values best being; elite standards, team first and getting the job done.

Head-coach of the Norwood Football Club, Jarrod Cotton, was pleased to announce the leadership group which has three debutants and one returning player.

“The group this year is Ed Smart, Matthew Fuller, Jace Bode, Mitch Grigg, Matthew Panos, Brady Dawe and Alex Georgiou,” said Cotton.

“We were going to have six leaders but there was a tie in the vote, so we have decided to add an extra one which makes it seven.

“The way the group was formed was all based upon our club values. The players could then vote on who set the bar in terms of elite standards, team first and getting the job done.

“What’s good about this style is that instead of just choosing one leader, the players could go through those three categories and choose who was best fit for each one.”

Three new players feature in the 2017 leadership group being; Ed Smart, Matthew Fuller and Mitch Grigg. However, Cotton has already mentioned that although it is a fantastic achievement for not only for these three players but the others also, the team needs to work collectively and has quickly installed the fact that the squad cannot just rely on this group on a weekly basis.

“As the coach of this team, it goes back to the values and for me that’s what we are about. That’s not just for this group, but for the whole playing group and the whole club,” said Cotton.

“I thought it was great recognition of these seven guys and I know they will do a fantastic job, because they all represent the values that they were voted on by their peers.

“But as I said to the group, if we are relying on these seven players to do everything for us, success isn’t going to happen.

“So it’s a great achievement, but every player on this list is a leader and we need everyone to stand up when it counts.”

Experienced campaigner and premiership player, Matthew Panos, said it’s an honour to be chosen by his peers into the leadership group for 2017, and conceded the fact that nothing will come easy and is well aware that the team will need to be unified to gain success.

“It’s definitely an honour to be in the leadership group for the 2017 Season,” Panos said.

“I have been building over the last few years and my leadership has grown since my first year back at the Norwood Football Club.

“It’s an honour that the players and coaching group think that I’m one of the leaders in this team, but in saying that we have a lot of players that although aren’t in the leadership group that can step up and stand up.

“So, it’s really important that everyone buys into the values that we share as a team, and as long as everyone goes by them and us as a leadership group keep everyone in check it will be a successful 2017 for us.”

The Captain for the 2017 SANFL season will be put to the NFC Board of Directors and announced next Monday 6th February via the club website. 

Joseph Marciano
NFC Media Writer

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