2018 coaching lineup

Werribee has confirmed its coaching lineup to be led by senior coach John Lamont in season 2018.

Forward coach Jacob Spolding, midfield coach Matthew Kershaw, and ruck/bench coach Brad Julier will all continue on in their roles after re-committing to the club for the first year of its return to standalone status.

Their re-signings follow the earlier appointments of Jeff Andrews and David Newett to the newly created positions of senior assistant coach and kicking coach respectively and the elevation of former development midfield coach Shayne Stone to the role of defensive coach.

Former development forward coach Dean Chambers will also continue on with the club in a supporting role and will be joined by former Melbourne and Hawthorn AFL ruckman Jack Fitzpatrick, who begins his foray into coaching.

Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said the club was thrilled with the final makeup of its coaching panel.

"It's been really positive that we've been able to retain the best part of half our previous coaching structure," Balloch said.

"We put the first piece of the puzzle in place in securing John Lamont at the end of the 2017 season, and we now finalise that by welcoming Jacob Spolding, Matthew Kershaw, and Brad Julier back into their senior roles.

"The guys are all super-excited to get into our new facility as we look to etch our own place in the VFL competition, and to say the coaching group has hit the ground running through pre-season is an absolute understatement."

Balloch said Werribee's focus on specialist areas such as kicking and ruckwork within its coaching structure would allow it to get the most out of its playing group.

"You always want to push the boundaries and resource yourself in a sense that's going to give you an advantage, and a key component of the game is kicking," he said.

"Until you hit 100 per cent efficiency with your kicks, you still need it as a focus area, so we see the Dave Newett appointment as nothing but a positive for our program.

"Ruck work is also craft that needs attention and focus, and ruckmen often don't have enough of a focus through that development phase.

"We see those two elements of the game as something we want to continue to push within our program, and so we've allocated resources accordingly."

The demise of the AFL Victoria Development League sees 2017 development coach Daniel Fraser and 2017 development backline coach Ross Gemmill depart the club.

They follow former backline coach Ben Patrick and former opposition analyst Matthew Burton, who have taken on full-time positions with Essendon and the Calder Cannons respectively.

"Unfortunately, the end of the Development League has meant not all staff can be retained, and we thank Daniel for leading our program through some of its most challenging years." Balloch said.

"We also thank Ross for his work last year and wish him all the very best as he looks for other opportunities within the football landscape."

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