Werribee has secured another key off-field appointment by signing David Newett to the new position of kicking coach for the 2018 season.
Newett will be a familiar face at Avalon Airport Oval, having worked closely with Werribee throughout the 2008 and 2009 seasons in his role as development coach with North Melbourne.
His extensive resume also includes a stint as development coach with Richmond, senior roles with VFL clubs Coburg and the Tasmanian Devils, and head coaching roles with the Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup program and Geelong Grammar.
More recently, he has channelled his tertiary qualifications in human movement into his Kick 2 Advantage program, which he founded with the aim of assisting players of all levels to develop and refine their kicking using a biomechanical approach.
Newett said he was excited to re-unite with Werribee senior coach John Lamont, whom he worked with in his time at North Melbourne, and to return to the Werribee environment as the club prepares for its first season as a standalone VFL side in 19 years.
“I developed a good relationship with [John] when I was at North Melbourne, and having worked with [CEO] Mark Penaluna throughout the alignment, I had no hesitation in accepting the role,” he said.
“Knowing the professionalism the club exudes across the VFL environment, it was a really simple decision in the end.”
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said the introduction of the kicking coach position would be particularly beneficial for the club’s younger players given Newett’s experience in working with talented youth.
“We have a young group, so it was identified there was room for improvement within that space, and David has come on board to do some work in that area,” said Balloch.
“Efficiency with kicking is obviously a pretty critical element, so to have someone like David come in and invest in that area is going to be really beneficial.”
Lamont shared Newett’s enthusiasm at the prospect of reuniting with his former colleague.
“I’m really excited about Dave joining our coaching group,” said Lamont.
“He comes from a great football background and is passionate about coaching and getting the best out of people.
“Dave’s role will be to work with players on their individual kicking and also focus on our kicking drills at training.
“On match days, he will again focus on the kicking of our players both individually and collectively, and I’m sure we will benefit greatly from his expertise in this important area.”
Newett’s appointment follows that of Simon Anning to the role of high performance manager, another new position created by Werribee as it restructures its football department ahead of its return to the field as a standalone entity.