Werribee has made its first new off-field signing ahead of the 2018 season by appointing Simon Anning as high-performance manager.
Currently a director with Lakeside Sports Medicine Centre, Anning boasts more than 10 years of experience in sports physiotherapy and recently completed a Masters of Exercise Science in strength and conditioning at Edith Cowan University.
Anning said he was “thrilled” to join Werribee and re-unite with senior coach John Lamont, whom he worked with in his role as a physiotherapist with the North Melbourne Football Club from 2011 to 2014.
“With how well run and organised Werribee is on and off the field, the exciting new facility, and the opportunity to work with John while knowing how passionate he is and the standards he sets, it was an opportunity that was too good to refuse,” said Anning.
The role of high-performance manager has been introduced for 2018 following a club-wide operational review and will see Anning responsible for co-ordinating Werribee’s strength-and-conditioning and medical programs.
“We conducted our review as part of the move to go standalone, and one of the key recommendations was a structure whereby a head of high performance would oversee these programs to make them more efficient,” Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said.
“Simon is the ideal candidate for the role, bringing experience in both areas as a physiotherapist by trade and holding strength-and-conditioning qualifications.”
Lamont praised the appointment of Anning, having seen his performance and dedication first hand during his time at North Melbourne.
“I really got to see Simon’s positive influence in his working relationships with players. He always went the extra yard for the players and the club,” said Lamont.
“He’s stepped away from footy for a few years to further his education around strength and conditioning and is now really keen to get back into footy, and the timing couldn’t be better for us.”