New coaches feel the pressure Pair ready for crack at senior level
Brendan Crowley and Brent Perrett reckon the hardest thing about taking over as co-coaches of Spotswood United could be the pressure of expectation.
The pair have shifted their coaching partnership north after previously being at the helm of Eltham-Kaponga.
They were approached to take over the job after last year's coach Michael Collins took over as chief executive at the Taranaki Rugby Football Union.
Negotiations then took place in each of the men's households before they eventually agreed to take it on.
"It took a little while to convince myself," Crowley admitted, citing the demands of his new business as owner of the Saddle & Sulky Motor Lodge.
"You either do it properly or you don't and I didn't know if I could do it properly, to be fair.
"But Spotswood came and saw us a few times in the end and we both feel we haven't had a decent crack at coaching at senior level."
Their previous foray into the senior A ranks together ended after just one season when it was decided Eltham-Kaponga did not have the required depth to stay in the top flight.
"We're pretty excited because we know we've got the talent when everyone's available, it's just utilising what we have got here and putting on a good, structured performance," Crowley said.
"We feel the pressure a bit because they came home with a wet sail at the end of last season and we feel we have to carry that on."
For Perrett, coaching in New Plymouth means a decent round trip twice a week for training from his Skeet Rd farm. Not that he's complaining.
"It's a bit of a drive and it's just one of those things I decided I had to do. It gets me out of a bit of farming."
Arguably one of the most under- rated forward coaches in the province, Perrett goes about his work more quietly than Crowley, who has never been shy of speaking out or letting his views be known.
Both agree that not knowing the vast majority of their squad has been an advantage because it has given them the opportunity to make their own assessments on individuals.
As for the season ahead, they know how important the club's 125th year will be, not just for the supporters but for senior players such as Matt Goodwin.
Spotswood United chairman Royce Kisby said they had arranged a special jersey for all the club's teams to play in for the season - "half a Star jersey and half a Spotswood Old Boys jersey".
- Taranaki Daily News
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