Eagles positive about club discipline
WHEN Ipswich mentor Mike O'Neill named a new-look leadership group, senior captain Glenn Wright expected a few grumblings.
Nearly two weeks later, Ipswich's goal kicking ace is confident the Eagles have accepted O'Neill's vision and are rallying together for the 2009 AFLSQ Division 2 season.
“There were a few upset people,” the straight-shooting Wright said yesterday, having been joined in the leadership group by Aaron Fortescue, Matt Gordon, Shaun Green and Glen Jackwitz.
“But everything seems to going back on the right path now.”
As 2008 Players' Player, leading goal kicker and best and fairest runner-up, Wright deserved his spot in the leadership group.
Wright, 29, has backed his coach's other choices.
“Mike is really good,” said Wright, who is just 10 games short of a 100 match milestone.
“He's got a really good footy mind.
“Once the boys let him coach, he'll be really good for the club.
“He's very laidback but very positive in the changes that he's making.”
Fortescue and Gordon will join Wright as regular top graders.
Fringe A-graders Green and Jackwitz were chosen to build a link between the A-grade and reserve grade teams.
O'Neill gave the leadership group an early charter to create a new set of rules for the club.
Wright is pleased with the outcome, which promotes discipline and “no negativity”.
“I want to take things to a positive level in the club,” Wright said.
“Last year, we lacked that and it really showed in our performance towards the end of the year.
“My goal for this year is to have it as one club - reserves, seniors, girls, under-18s, the whole deal.
“That's what I like. A real positivity through the group.”
With the new season a few weeks away, the Eagles are about to start a series of trials.