FORMER Peel Thunder footballer Shane Creevey, who played 65 league games from 2000 to 2005, has been selected as the club’s new football manager.
Creevey (35) had been the player coach of the Tom Price Panthers since 2013 while working in the mining industry with Rio Tinto.
He was also at the Mandurah Mustangs for five seasons and two years at Boddington.
Creevey said he was excited to be able to combine his passion for the game with his administration skills.
“I’m very excited to start a new chapter after I’ve been in the mining industry for 15 years,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to going back to a career in football and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.”
Creevey won his first ever premiership with the Panthers in 2013, with the side also making grand finals in 2014 and 2015 and ending up third last year after losing a few players.
He also missed most of the season with a knee injury.
Creevey said he was about to start pre-season training with the Panthers, who play in a shortened night-time 12-game competition due to the Pilbara heat, when he was appointed to the Peel job.
He was also looking to moving back to the Mandurah area and thanked the club for the opportunity.
“It will be great to get back involved with the club that gave me my chance at the WAFL level as a youngster and to get involved in football a lot more,” he said.
Thunder chief executive officer John Ditchburn said Creevey had a great football background after playing for the club and coaching locally and in Tom Price.