Jason Wright has taken over as Redbacks AFL A-grade coach.
Jason Wright has taken over as Redbacks AFL A-grade coach. Chris Barnes

Coach made of the Wright stuff

REDBACKS player and club vice-president Jason Wright was named senior coach at the club's committee meeting last week.

Wright, who coached the AFL Darling Downs senior representative team for the past two seasons, said he could bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the team.

"Although I've done it before, I haven't done it with such high-quality players in the side," Wright said.

"Philosophies and approaches will obviously be different to what we've had before."

Wright said he would continue to play, saying there were advantages of being an on-field coach.

"I can get a real feel of how the game's going and although not necessarily closer, I can see it at a different angle," he said.

Wright said the assistant coach would run the team during the game, which would allow him to focus on his role as a player.

He praised last year's coach, Peter Millard, for building up the team which made it to the Darling Downs grand final last season.

"I want to continue to build up the team, which is as good as all of the teams in Brisbane 3 division," Wright said.

"We only went down narrowly to Division 3 team Jimboomba last year in the Cardinal Cup, which shows the standard of footy in this town."

Wright said the team would work on fitness and endurance.

"Team plans and structures will be set up within two months," he said.

The Redbacks will play the first 2012 games on February 25 in the Darling Downs pre-season competition.

For the first time, the Redbacks will field A and reserve-grade teams. Five of the nine clubs will play reserve-grade, which means one game a fortnight.

The club is happy to hear from prospective reserve-grade coaches.

Training is Tuesday and Thursday at the new ground in Jackie Howe Drive.

New players are welcome from 5pm today or can call Jason Wright on 0409499352.


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