All KNTFL clubs are well on the way to finalising their coaching and key player plans for season 2019.
The 2018 season only finished last month, but all clubs have already locked in their A grade coaches for next year and recruiting is well underway.
Reigning premiers MUNDULLA have appointed long-time player Nick Davis as A grade coach. Davis was playing coach of the Tigers’ reserves last year and replaces premiership coach Tim Williams who stepped down after the grand final triumph.
Losing grand finalist KEITH has reappointed playing coach George Thring for a second year after he led the Crows to within a kick of the premiership. The Crows have also reappointed Nick Sando as reserves coach after he led them to the 2018 premiership and have advertised for an A grade assistant.
Last year’s minor premiers KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED will be a major player again in 2019, retaining all of this year’s travelling recruits from Adelaide, as well as reappointing playing coach Nick Murphy. They are also working on trying to get a number of ex-locals back to the club.
Club president Jason “Chippa” Gordon said the Cougars were disappointed with their straight sets exit from the 2018 finals and would be doing their best to win their first KNTFL premiership in 2019.
PENOLA has moved quickly to further strengthen its player stocks after finishing fourth under non-playing coach Matt Tilby in 2018.
Tilby has been reappointed and will have the services of new Western Border interleague players Brad Bryant from South Gambier and Brock Egan from North Gambier. The Eagles will also have former gun local junior Brad Merrett back from Adelaide where he originally played with Glenelg.
Penola premiership key forward Brodie Foster has moved on to Mid SE club Glencoe.
LUCINDALE has reappointed former league medallist Ryan McInerney as playing coach for a second season. No player movements have been announced yet but a club spokesman said it was likely the Roos would hold on to most of their playing list from this year.
NARACOORTE has reappointed small forward Chris Ladhams as playing coach for a second season. The Demons haven’t announced any player news at this stage.
BORDER DISTRICTS have reappointed non-playing coach Darrin Wilson for a third season. Club president Darren Walter said Borders would retain most of this season’s playing list, including most of the many travelling players, although inevitably some of them will move on.
KYBYBOLITE has reappointed playing coach Tom Cooper, who took over after round 2 of the 2018 season. There have been no announcements on players or assistant coaches from the Tigers as yet.
PADTHAWAY has a new coach to replace non-playing coach of 2018 Scott Welsh, Tarak Redigolo. Redigolo will be a playing coach and comes to the Lions from South Adelaide where he played 100 senior games as a medium sized backman.
President Mic Grady said the club had also secured at least four new recruits to help replace some departing players, however they wouldn’t be announcing them until clearances were further down the track. Grady said the club was very happy with its player roster at this early stage.
KINGSTON is likely to reappoint Brad Richardson for a third year as non-playing coach of the Saints, although that hasn’t been confirmed as yet.
BORDERTOWN started to rebuild under new playing coach Cam Sandercock in 2018 after a tumultuous 2017 when they lost a large part of their senior list. They were much more competitive in 2018 despite still finishing on the bottom of the ladder.
Sandercock has been reappointed for a second season in charge.