President returns for Swifts
SWIFTS have resorted to the club president who delivered them the 2010 A grade title - though it could hardly be termed a coup.
Rather, Vic Canfell was about the only person willing to put his hand up for the job after 2011 president Darren Boettcher declared himself unavailable for next year.
"I wanted to help the club out," Canfell said.
"Nobody wanted the job.
"It's really hard to get anyone to take it on nowadays.
"There is a fair bit of involvement.
"It's nearly a full-time job."
Canfell now has his work cut out establishing a player roster for 2012 and getting numbers to training.
"The toughest challenge now is signing up players and getting all that in order," he said. "And getting them to training.
"We want more people out there so we can get rolling."
Swifts player-coach Albert Talipeau welcomed Canfell's return.
"He's a great guy," Talipeau said. "He's a very organised kind of person.
"The senior boys will be happy he's back as president.
"In saying that, Darren did a great job this year."
The club has begun pre-season training with Talipeau happy to be able to take part.
Injury ruined the end of his 2011 season and he thought he was going to require shoulder surgery.
Further diagnoses convinced him intensive rehabilitation would do the trick and it seems to have worked. "I'm injury-free and have been training hard in the last three weeks," Talipeau said.
Canfell said all new players were welcome to attend club training on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6.30pm at Llewellyn Motors Field, Purga.