NEW Panmure mentor Tim Condon wants to inject an attacking flair and dominance into the Bulldogs’ gameplan in his first stint as the senior coach.
The 300-game player and four-time premiership player was unveiled as Panmure’s senior coach on Tuesday evening, replacing outgoing leader Joe Kenna at the helm.
Kenna will remain at Panmure in a playing capacity.
Condon ventured to Hampden league outfit North Warrnambool Eagles in 2017, steering the Bushfield club’s reserves to a second consecutive premiership in his one-year stint as coach.
It came after 17 years as a senior player at Panmure.
The three-time Bulldogs best-and-fairest told The Standard he’d learnt from both Graeme Twaddle and Rory Taggert in his time at North Warrnambool and felt invigorated from the experience.
“It was great learning off Snooks (Twaddle) and Tags (Taggert), as there’s that step up and there are things they just don’t do at district league level,” Condon said.
People talk about structures and those sort of things but for me, I suppose I want us to play an attacking brand of football.Tim Condon
“I probably just needed a bit of a change and to get out of my comfort zone for a year and it was a terrific experience.
“The reserves boys out there were really keen on their footy and it certainly made the coaching role a lot easier.”
Condon revealed he wanted to implement a basic, yet attacking style of football in his first year as mentor.
“People talk about structures and those sort of things but for me, I suppose I want us to play an attacking brand of football,” he said.
“If you look at our scores from the last few years the scoring has dropped off since we last played in the (2014 grand final), so we want to increase that scoring rate.
“Scoring helps your defence as well. We want to play that free style of football and let the players run out there with a bit of freedom and the ability to enjoy the game.”
Condon, who was deputy to outgoing mentor Joe Kenna in 2016, said he was thrilled to have his former coach remain as a player.
“He’s going to be a big part of what we do going forward,” Condon said.