Mick Doolin signs on as first grade coach for Leeton United

READY TO GO AGAIN: Mick Doolin has signed on for another year of coaching Leeton United's first grade side. Photo: Ron Arel

READY TO GO AGAIN: Mick Doolin has signed on for another year of coaching Leeton United's first grade side. Photo: Ron Arel

EVERYTHING is coming up trumps for Leeton United, with Mick Doolin signing on as coach for another season. 

The first grade coach returned after a long break to lead the side this year and was happy to come back for another crack in 2017. 

With Leeton United now joining the Wagga Football competition, club president Rod Harrison was pleased to have the experience of Doolin being retained. 

“When we were in the Wagga competition in the past, Mick was coaching us then, so we’re really pleased he’s signed on with us again,” Harrison said. 

“He wants to build on what we achieved last year and hopefully that will bring us success next season.”

Leeton United’s first grade side it to the preliminary finals of the Griffith District Football Association competition this year. 

Harrison said the focus remained on nurturing the talent of the club’s junior base. 

“At the moment we haven’t made any new signings as far as players are concerned,” he said. 

“We are really trying to focus on bringing that young talent up … unfortunately we will have some of the under 18s go away to uni, but that can’t be helped. 

“We’ll certainly be looking around for any new potential signings.”

Harrison said with the club moving back to the Wagga league there was a certain breath of fresh air already being breathed through the group. 

“Everyone is really excited about it,” he said. 

United will field a full complement of teams in the competition, with Hope Kennedy set to return as the women’s coach. 

The club held its annual general meeting on Monday night, with Harrison returned as president. 

He said there were four new faces on board for the committee, but he would have liked to have seen more for the junior side of the club. 

“We do need more help in that respect,” Harrison said. 

The club has also announced it will be hosting an Arsenal Academy clinic over two days in Leeton next year. 

Set down for January 14 and 15, the clinic is likely to include a former Arsenal player. 

The clinics are aimed at junior players and developing their skills. 

For more information contact Harrison. 

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