NEW YEAR, NEW COACH: Lismore Workers’ new coach Brendan Logan, right, is welcomed to the club by premier league captain Daune Hoare and some of the squad he will lead next season.
NEW YEAR, NEW COACH: Lismore Workers’ new coach Brendan Logan, right, is welcomed to the club by premier league captain Daune Hoare and some of the squad he will lead next season.

Workers give Logan a run

MAJOR premiers Lismore Workers have announced Brendan Logan will be their premier league coach in FNC soccer next season after Scott Collis stepped down.

Over the past three years Collis has transformed the Redmen from relegation candidates to grand final winners, but has decided he needs a break.

Collis recommended Logan to fill his shoes and the club was welcomed his well-credentialed replacement.

Logan holds an AFC C Licence and will inherit a stable squad, which at this stage will be missing only Sam Sharkey from its line-up next year.

Logan last coached locally with Goonellabah. He was voted Coach of the Year by his peers in 2007 and again in 2009 when he guided the Hornets to the grand final.

He then moved to Newcastle and spent time as a youth development coach and as assistant coach with Western Bears in the Northern NSW State League.

"I'm very excited to be joining the club because it's a great group of players to work with and I'm walking into a very positive environment," Logan said.

"In terms of playing style, we won't look too different, but I think we need to be a little more robust in certain areas, particularly in the transition phase of our game."

The new man in charge will find Collis a hard act to follow.

A successful 2012 campaign saw the Redmen almost claim the trifecta last season, taking out the Anzac Cup and major premiership titles, but narrowly missing out on the minor premiership to Richmond Rovers.

Logan's appointment is the latest in a series of coaching changes.

Gavin Whitney was recently appointed coach at Goonellabah and Neil Wraight is settling in to his new role at Italo Stars.

All roads lead to Newcastle for NNSW coaches' conference

COACHES still have time to sign up for a helpful session.

The Northern NSW Football Coaches' Conference 2013 will offer advice and presentations from top-lass coaches.

The two-day Football Federation Australia-backed event, which takes place at Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow, will "bring together the leading resource information available to coaches".

Northern NSW Football technical director David Smith said the program, which will run on February 9-10, would be useful for all participants.

"This is an excellent opportunity for coaches across Northern NSW to learn from the best," he said. "There will be a number of presentations."

Entry fee is $175 for FFA-accredited coaches and $200 for non-accredited coaches.

For more information, visit www.footballfarnorthcoast.com.au



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