The Werribee Football Club is pleased to announce that its relationship with the North Melbourne Football Club will extend beyond the current agreement, which finishes at the end of the 2015 season.
The current agreement is a partial alignment, which sees half of the North Melbourne playing list at Werribee, and half at North Ballarat. In a mutual decision announced today, Werribee will become a fully aligned partner to North Melbourne.
Werribee President John Nicol outlined the reason behind the decision of his board. “This is one of the biggest decisions in the fifty year history of our club and was the result of exhaustive talks between the two clubs and extensive research by our board and staff. In the end the financial and football future of the club saw this as our best option for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.” Under the agreement Werribee will retain its name, nickname, colours, theme song and home ground. John Lamont will be the Senior Coach until the end of the 2017 season and Stuart Balloch will remain the Werribee Football Manager for the same period.
Werribee Senior Coach John Lamont, who was a development and line coach at Arden Street for seven years before taking on the role at Werribee, is very comfortable with the decision:
“The relationship between the two clubs is very strong, very healthy and has produced good results. Werribee has developed players like Ben Brown and Luke McDonald that North has drafted, and we have seen North listed players like Mason Wood (29 games) and Daniel Currie (30 games) hone their skills playing for Werribee, all to the benefit of the North Melbourne Football Club. We have also seen Ben Ross, Ben Warren and Ben Speight choose to continue their football at Werribee after being delisted by the Kangaroos.”
North Melbourne Director of Football Geoff Walsh also expressed his delight in the two clubs being able to come to terms cementing a full partnership.
“Both Werribee and North Melbourne will benefit greatly from the full alignment and we are sure that not only will this decision enhance the football programs of both clubs but the joint approach will further imprint our game in the Western Region. The full alignment will see the North Melbourne Football Club and its players become even more present in the City of Wyndham, adding to the community programs and initiatives already run by the two clubs.
In summing up, Werribee President John Nicol said. We want to be the best football club to represent the City of Wyndham. We want to offer football fans the best game experience on match days - on and off the field – that they can have. Whether that is at the President’s Lunch, how our team plays, being able to hear the coaches’ huddle or have a kick with your child on the ground. We want to deliver, and we will.”