SUE Fleming’s most recent association with Dennington ended when she injured her Achilles in its 2012 Warrnambool and District league A grade grand final loss.
Fleming, 39, is now preparing to make a mark in her return to the club, signing on as its A grade coach for the 2014 season.
The experienced goal keeper replaces Josie Bolden, who will remain involved with the Dogs.
Fleming, who coached South Warrnambool’s A reserve side last season, is unsure of her playing future but is excited about the Dogs’ prospects.
“Josie has done a lot of hard work and put together a quality side and they finished just short this year,” she said.
“There are girls I played with in the grand final side and I formed good friendships with them and there have been Hampden league players come into the side.
“I coached Marlie Boyd in juniors at South and to coach her at senior level would be wonderful.”
Fleming said the Dogs were capable of building on their 2013 preliminary final finish.
“What I observed last season is that it was a new side put together and it didn’t have a lot of time to gel,” she said.
“I think by topping up and adding a bit more strength and keeping the core group together, we’ll go better and players will own a position.”
Fleming said Dennington would play a defensive brand and pointed to a focus on fitness in the pre-season.
“I think what they did well was the attacking side,” she said.
“Defensively, across the board, they didn’t apply enough pressure from what I saw.
“I want to tighten that up and work with what is there.”
Fleming said if she played, it would be in the second half of the season.
The former Glenthompson coach, who suffered a detached retina and lost sight in her left eye for one month after an on-court accident, said she didn’t run for 12 months after her Achilles injury.
“The quality of players we have are very good, so we’ll wait and see,” she said.
Dennington reappointed Krystal Day as its A reserves coach and Carol Murphy its B grade mentor.