GAME analysis and education coordinator Craig Jennings says he’s can’t speak highly enough of Melbourne’s coaching group.
Jennings, who joined Melbourne at the end of last season, said he had been genuinely impressed by the knowledge, character and camaraderie of the coaches, after more than a decade with Essendon and then the Western Bulldogs.
“With the assistant coaches, Jade Rawlings has coached Richmond in his own right and Benny Mathews, a premiership player and midfield coach, and Goody (Simon Goodwin), so really I’m just slotting in with them,” he said.
“I have my own education sessions where I work with Brendan McCartney and we work on some contest method stuff. But in terms of the line coaches, I really just work in with them and support them where I can.
“They’re great presenters, educators and coaches in their own right. What I have been able to do is very quietly give them some information about things that I’ve seen at other clubs and different models and they take that on board.”
Jennings said each coach brought something different to the group and he said the influence of coach Paul Roos was immeasurable.
“What they’re doing is first class and I’ve loved every minute so far of working with Roosy, who is a great presenter and has amazing insights on the game,” he said.
“Really, I just see my job as supporting all of the coaches, especially Simon Goodwin, when he takes over … and really try to fast track the players as quick as we can. There is amazing talent on the list and they’re all being taught the right way.
“I’m just coming in to add some value and some new ideas to the footy club and I’m really positive and enthusiastic about the role and feel very fortunate to be here. Hopefully I’ll be working with Goody and the other coaches for a long period of time.”