Coly coach set to hit the ground running

MAKING PLANS: Incoming Coleambally coach Michael Griffiths in action for the Griffith Swans early in 2015. The big ruckman arrives at the Farrer League club next week. Picture: Laura Hardwick
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Incoming Coleambally coach Michael Griffiths has identified a need for speed at the Blues next season but the big ruckman is also bringing an open mind when he heads to town next week.

Griffiths said he’s excited to begin the next chapter of a football journey that has taken the Dandenong boy to Adelaide, Perth and parts of country NSW and Victoria.

“I’m looking forward to it. I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t a good move,” Griffiths said.

“I know a little bit about Coly, I used to be at Griffith and we played a few trials against them.”

Appointed last month, Griffiths, expects a different challenge tohis introduction to coaching at Picola League club Katunga last season.

“I’ll have to come up and meet the guys and get a feel. Obviously Coly playing in the grand final, they’re more of an experienced side whereas Katunga hadn’t played finals for 10 years,” Griffiths said (Katunga reached the preliminary final).

“So I think the age group might be a little bit different but I’m sure I can bring a bit of knowledge and things I’ve learnt…maybe just a bit of guidance. But I’ll come up, get a feel and make a plan.”

Speaking toThe Daily Advertiserfrom Melbourne, Griffiths, 33, said finishing a hectic work project hasn’t left much time for football so he’s looking forward to turning his attention to it.

“I’ll have my game plan that I want to implement but I don’t want to over-complicate it,” he said.

“I think with one thing, we need to add a little bit of speed. I know the guys are more heavily built and ageing a little bit.

“I like a bitof slingshot footy but you need to be defensive as well.I’ll make those adjustments as wego.But I’ve got my idea in my head – the quickest way is through the middle, that’s the shortest direction to goal but if we haven’t got the players, I’ll have to make a judgement on that.”

Griffiths replaces first-year coach Josh Hamilton who is yet to make a decision on his future following the disappointment of an eight-week ban after the grand final.

“I’ve spoken to Hammo a couple of times in the last couple of months and I’m pretty confident that he’ll play but the decision will be his,” Griffiths said.

“He’s obviously a bit flat with his suspension but we’d love to have him. He’s still got his mates here and he’s a very good footballer so we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.”

The Blues have picked up young defender Tom Morton from Leeton-Whitton but lost Kodie O’Malley (Turvey Park) and Wes Kiley (Narrandera). While Carl and Tony Pound retired after the grand final, the club hasn’t given up on talking them round.

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