HE’S coached Warrnambool to two premierships in three years but the drive for more success remains with Scott Carter.
Blues officials yesterday announced they had granted Carter a one-year contract extension, six days after he steered the club to back-to-back flags.
The re-signing means he will spend a fourth year at Reid Oval having replaced Adam Dowie ahead of the 2011 season.
“We’ve been in discussions for five or six weeks. It was a matter of having a chat and weighing things up,” Carter said.
“What was the best way forward for the club and whether I still had the drive to keep going after being in the job for three years.
“I’m still very motivated and passionate about the Warrnambool footy club being successful, there’s no problems there.
“We’ve had a period of sustained success for quite a while but the motivation and drive is still definitely there.”
Carter, having put pen to paper, said his first priority was to retain the list, a task made easier by the players’ loyalty.
Both the 2012 and 2013 premiership sides featured 18 players who had emerged from the Blues’ junior ranks.
Carter highlighted the rise of Darcy Graham and Jackson Bell into frontline players as two success stories in a near-perfect year.
Jye Turland broke into the side to earn his first premiership medal while Brad Bull, Jed Turland and Jake O’Donnell took steps forward.
The rise of ruckman Andrew McCarthy into a mobile match-winner has also notable. Teenagers Tom Schnerring and Liam Hoy were project players who had much development still in them.
“You’re always motivated for more success,” Carter said.
“When your coaching career is over you’ll reflect on things like (premierships).
“But while you’re still involved, you’re always wanting more success.”
Carter said he was appreciative of the attitude shown by the Blues’ football committee, led by chairman Wally Steere.
He said assistant coaches Mark Inia, who coaches the reserves, and Simon Perry were also crucial to winning the flag.
Carter also believed the Hampden league had a bright future, saying the addition of Portland and Hamilton Kangaroos had been “a breath of freshness”.
“Some people say the league is dropping away but I don’t think it is,” he said.
“There is some terrific young talent in the league.
“We’ve got two new sides we haven’t seen before and we’re going to play at two new venues for the first time, which generates excitement for sure.”