HAMILTON Kangaroos coach Mick Edmonds says the foundations for a successful future have been laid during the club’s first Hampden league season.
“It’s been a good year from where we have come from,” Edmonds said.
He said the season had to be judged on more than just the Kangaroos’ 4-14 win/loss record.
“When you look back in three to five years’ time you will be happy with the way the waters lay. You want to get the foundation right,” Edmonds said.
“There were a few little speed humps along the way. The biggest challenge was to put the playing group together and that takes three to four months, then getting players used to playing at that level.
“They probably could have gone out and bought players but where does that put the club in three to four years’ time?”
Edmonds said the club’s under 18½s had finished on top with just two losses for the season. He said the talent in that side was immense and forecasts a bright future for the Kangaroos.
He predicted a number were destined for distinguished senior careers but declined to name them for fear of burdening them with expectations.
“There are a couple of exciting kids, there are some rippers,” he said.
He said “17 or 18” of them had played more than two games each in the seniors this year.
“I’m pretty buoyant about the club next year,” he said.
Edmonds said he was unsure about his future at the helm and was yet to hold discussions with the club.
“I’m there if they need me,” he said.
“But it would be derelict if they didn’t go out there and see who is out there, a high-profile playing coach or person.”
Edmonds said the Kangaroos had developed throughout the season.
“There has definitely been a massive improvement onfield. (Koroit coach) Adam Dowie said he could see that (on Saturday). We outscored them in two out of four quarters.”
Edmonds said part of his optimism for next year went beyond the talent in the group.
“When you look back at our last month of footy our losing scores have been winning scores if we had better defensive structures. To me it’s a bigger worry if you are getting belted without kicking goals.”
Meanwhile,Shane Threlfall is unsure of his football future after ending his two-year deal as Terang Mortlake coach.
Threlfall said he left the Bloods on good terms, having completed his second year on Saturday.
He said the club was keen to pursue a playing coach.
“Who knows what’s around the corner?” Threlfall said of his future.
Saturday’s match ended five years of coaching in the Hampden league for Threlfall: three at Port Fairy and two at Terang Mortlake.