NEW North Warrnambool Eagles coach Bernard Moloney says the club’s goal of a fourth-straight Hampden league finals campaign hinged on a strong collaboration between himself and the players.
The former Camperdown mentor met with Eagles’ officials last night to fine-tune plans for the 2014 season and expects to meet with the playing list shortly.
“I will be empowering the group to have input into it. It’s not about me imposing a game plan that’s not going to fit,” Moloney said. “We have to do it together.”
Moloney, refreshed after a holiday on the Cook Islands, said his coaching career was unfulfilled and the Eagles’ job sparked his interest.
He led Camperdown to back-to-back finals series in 2012-13 for zero wins.
“I just felt that I had a bit more to offer as far as coaching went,” Moloney said.
“At Camperdown we achieved a bit but I have a real desire to go further.
“We have to look at Warrnambool and Koroit who are doing sustained success.
“That is what I have to offer North Warrnambool.
“They have a really good playing list.
“They are hungry to succeed and that’s what my job will be, to instil in the playing group that real self-belief and what they want to achieve.”
Moloney, 59, said he had planned to step away from coaching after handing the Magpies’ reins to key forward Dan Casey after their elimination final loss to the Eagles.
The experienced leader said the decision to jump back into senior coaching came “out of the blue”.
Moloney moved to Warrnambool about a month ago, having lived in Terang and Panmure previously, and was interested in the Eagles’ role.
“I wasn’t going to coach and I happened to talk to (Eagles president) Michael Harrison and the opportunity came up to put an application in which I did,” Moloney said.
“I had a meeting with them two days before I left (on holidays).
“I was over the moon with the way they presented the club and what they want to achieve.”
Moloney, re-energised and ready for a new challenge, said the Eagles had an exciting playing list with plenty of potential.
“My job now is to keep the list they have got together,” he said.
“They don’t need 10 more players. We have to focus on where we need to improve and focus on getting the holes filled.
“There is a terrific list out of the under 18½s and they have tried a lot of the kids in the past 12 months and that’s a bonus for me.”
The Eagles will start pre-season in mid-November with a focus on fitness.
Moloney said coaching a Warrnambool-based team would give him more options when it came to diversifying training.