HOMECOMINGS are in vogue at Redland Bombers with the latest “new” addition being Chris David to the club’s coaching ranks.
The decision to appoint Chris as assistant-coach looking after the defence has been welcomed by club officials, players and supporters alike.
He returns after a two-year spell as head coach of Mayne and says to be back at the Redlands, where he has enjoyed a long and successful spell, is “really terrific and exciting”.
Redland is a club he knows so very well.
Chris was previously senior coach in 2015-16, coached a reserve grade premiership in 2011 and started his association with the Bombers in 2000 as a junior coach with the club.
“Having had the experience of being a senior coach for a couple of years at NEAFL level was a terrific experience for me,” Chris said.
“It’s now nice to be able to come back into the environment.
“This is a place where I know the players, the coaching staff and the officials are on the same page.
“It’ll also be great working with Phil again.
“He left to start his coaching journey when I took over, but now that he’s back it’ll be great to work with him again and to help out wherever I can.
“I really think it’s going to be an exciting time.”
With the pre-season underway, Chris is in the process of getting to know a large proportion of the playing list as only 12 of the players he coached are left from just three years ago, indicating the big turnover at this level.
“There’s still a couple here from my days.
“It’s been great being able to re-connect with blokes like Hayden Bertoli-Simmonds, for instance, but then being able to build relationships with the guys I don’t know, as well as the new guys makes the move all the move exciting.”
Chris was just as excited with the return of a couple of players he knows very well in the form of Adam Oxley and Blake Grewar.
The two of them are returning to their club of origin and Chris expects them to add a whole new dimension to the make-up of the team.
“It’s not just what they’ve learned on-field where we will benefit, but from what they’ve learned off-field in strong AFL environments that will be really crucial to this club.
“You can’t under-estimate that knowledge and experience and it’s really nice to know both are coming back to the club where it all started for them.”
Chris will be working with Jason Cotter (midfield) and Jarrod Keogh (forwards) giving the Bombers a healthy spread of experience and nous in these important roles.