Newly appointed Central Football Club senior coach Jarred Paull (left) and new reserves coach Trent Schaefer. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan
Saturday, 27th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Central premiership star and 200-plus game player Jarred Paull has been selected as the club’s new senior coach for the 2019 AFL Broken Hill season.
Paull, who sat out the 2017 season after playing his 200th game in 2016, rejoined the Magpies in 2018 as a player and often assumed assistant coach duties when not on the field.
He said that the move into coaching had been a long time coming but the timing was right.
“I reckon at the age of 12 or 13 I realised that I wanted to coach the Central footy club one day,” Paull admitted.
“It was probably just a matter of time and I feel like it’s the right time now to get in the deep end. It felt right with the balance of family and work commitments...I feel it is the right time to have a go.”
He takes over from Mick Stuart who coached the Magpies to four wins, all against West, before losing to North in the preliminary final.
“I’m really appreciative of what Mick helped me out with last season in giving me a small apprenticeship to understand what’s required to be a coach,” Paull said.
Unlike his great mate Codie Howard who has been named North playing-coach, Paull won’t be strapping on the boots next season.
“I’ll be the full-time coach,” Paull said.
“The body is slowing up. (I’m) early thirties now which is still pretty young for country footballers but I feel that you can control the game a lot better from the sidelines and now having to get a runner to come out just to relay messages through the game.
“He (Codie Howard) has had a remarkable career and I feel that people like he and Justin Heath that have won medals and been really successful when it comes to premierships and individual accolades, they started in the midfield and that allows them to go forward when they start to slow down.
“But I started in the backlines and there’s only one way to go from there. It’s not into the midfield it’s onto the bench ... my body feels okay but it’s tough keeping up with these quick forwards.”
It’ll be a new look coaching team with Paull opting for something unusual in regards to his assistants with Adam Rhodes and Scott Mateer assuming those roles.
“It’s a different approach,” Paull said.
“In the past we’ve had coaches that have been involved with the club and had connections and I feel that I’m in a similar boat but if I can bring in (people) with a different view and different perspective then that can change things up a bit.
“Adam and Scott’s organisational skills as teachers can bring a different aspect to the game.”
Trent Schaefer will take on the reserves coaching duty, replacing Stephen Chestnut.
“It’ll be a new challenge, I’ve sort of been looking at it for the last year or so,” Schaefer said.
“Stephen Chestnut has done a great job with the team and with him stepping down I thought it’s time for me to step up and hopefully get it (the team) moving forward again.”
The change continues the revolving door of coaches at Central over the past few years. Jarrod Hinton led the side in 2016 with David Bearman taking over for 2017 before he was ousted late in that season.
Stuart took over from Bearman for the remainder of 2017 and was appointed as senior coach for 2018.
Paull’s appointment follows that of David Ruddock and Chris Jones at West, as well as Howard at North which leaves South as the only club yet to select a senior coach. Premiership coach Craig Thomas has stepped aside meaning that all four League sides will have new coaches next season.