New Peel Thunder colts coach ready to go

New Peel Thunder colts coach Craig Otto.
New Peel Thunder colts coach Craig Otto.

NEW Peel Thunder colts coach Craig Otto said he was “rapt” to get the job for the next two years after he was appointed to the post last week.

He said he hopes to bring an exciting brand of football to the club.

Otto has an extensive history in the Peel Football League and with the Peel Thunder Football Club, having played 170 games for the Rockingham Rams.

He was also a member of the inaugural Peel Cavaliers side in 1996 and has had extensive coaching experience with the Rockingham Football Club as a three-time premiership-winning colts coach.

The Peel Football League hall of famer also coached the league team over two stints in 2001-03 and 2013-14.

Otto has most recently coached Thunders’ under-14, 15 and 16 teams.

“Some of the players I’ll bring through with me, so I know their temperaments,” he said.

“And there’s other guys that will come through from community football and there’s the second and third-year guys that I’ll get to know and get to learn their styles.”

Otto said he was encouraged by the talent he had at his disposal.

He said 11 players from the under-16 team last season made the State squad.

Otto said he hoped to improve the colts’ position on the ladder after finishing seventh in 2015-16.

“The talent was there; they were just inconsistent,” he said.

“My job now is to come in and find that consistency within the group and get that group harmony right.”

Meanwhile, Mandurah Mustangs life member, former Peel Thunder player and fellow Peel Football League hall of famer Brad Perry has been named as an assistant coach of the colts squad.

And developing coach Jayden Heuer has been re-appointed as an assistant coach for a second year.

Dave Mews also rejoins the colts program as an assistant coach after a stint at South Fremantle in 2015 and coaching the Year 9 Academy side in 2016.

Team manager Tim Overington will continue in 2017 for his third season in the role.

Peter Morrissey and Adam Shine will head up development coaching and the South West Program in 2017 and are key appointments in developing players in the country zone.

Former colts captain Mitch Russell has been appointed as the strength and conditioning coach for the 2017 colts program.

Russell comes to the club with a strong football history at both Peel and Warnbro football clubs, and is also running his own personal training business at Port Kennedy.

The colts pre-season starts on November 13.