All positive for Comets
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
NEW Comets president Dion Dawes won't go as far as to say that there's a new broom sweeping changes through the Coffs Harbour club.
He will say though that there appears to be a whole new groove within the club as they approach the 2007 Group 2 season.
"We all want to work in the same direction and that's winning premierships," he said.
"There's a whole new attitude change and after any regime has been somewhere for any length of time, something new and fresh comes along and everyone gets a bit excited.
"All the reports I'm getting are very positive. Players are wanting to get on board and former players want to come back to the club and I just want us to go forward and be positive."
A big part of the changes at Coffs Harbour is the appointment of new captain-coach Aaron Dyett. His appointment has led to most of the 2006 roster already agreeing to terms for the next 12 months.
The power forward from Newcastle has promised that the training is going to be hard but enjoyable at the same time. He's also promised that those who put in the hard work will reap the rewards. Team success being one of those.
"We're looking at getting behind Aaron 100 per cent and giving him every advantage so he can then become a career coach,"
"He's very proactive and his ideas are fresh. He's come through the Newcastle system with a high emphasis on training, fitness, drills, skills and having fun."
For Dawes this sort of attitude is music to his ears as the club veteran desperately wants the club to return to it's halcyon era when success was merely an expectation, not a fanciful pipedream.
"I don't want us to dwell on the past and reasons why things happened. There's a whole new guidance from the top and a whole new attitude change within the club. I will make that happen," he said.
"I'm not having these negative jibes going on, we're just getting on with the job of winning football games."
The club is hoping that it won't be just Dyett who is the star unveiling when training commences on December 15 but are hopeful by then of being able to announce the signing of a divisional prop from out west. Dawes says all Comets fans will have to get to Advocate Park that night to find out if that signing coup comes off.