Ex-Swifts boss ready for new challenge

Steve O'Connell coached Swifts A-grade in 2017.
Steve O'Connell coached Swifts A-grade in 2017. David Nielsen

INCOMING Brothers Ipswich reserves coach Steve O'Connell says he has not given much thought to lining up on the opposite touch line to his old club.

Last season's Swifts A-grade coach was not offered a contract extension for 2018, and thus was quickly snapped up by Brothers to take over the reserve grade coaching reins from Shaun O'Loan.

"I'd been at Swifts pretty much my whole life, and coached there for the last five years or so,” O'Connell said.

"I didn't get the job again, and I was looking to keep my coaching career going.

"I'm looking forward to being part of a new club; it's a new challenge and one I'm excited for.”

Brothers won the reserve grade premiership in 2017, and O'Connell joked anything less than a repeat "might put me out of a job”.

But he said there had been no early pressure from the club regarding on-field success.

"The club has been fantastic,” O'Connell said.

"Jason (Connors) and I haven't had to do a great deal just yet, but they've been really nice and made me feel welcome already.”

As for any mixed feelings coaching against the club he spent the majority of his life at, O'Connell was short but sweet.

"I haven't given it any thought, I just want to do the best job I can with Brothers,” he said.

O'Connell brings with him a measured approach to coaching, and said his strength was knowing when to be hard on players and when to let things be.

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