Eagles star a quiet achiever

Peter Souris at home with his wife Melissa and daughters Isabella (4) and Alessia (2).
Peter Souris at home with his wife Melissa and daughters Isabella (4) and Alessia (2).

The 37-year-old has worked for the club since 1994 and was recently awarded life membership at the Club Championship Awards last month.

Having experienced everything from winning the 1994 grand final, losing the 2005 one, watching staff, players and coaches come and go, Souris said the last 20 seasons had provided him with some of the most magical moments of his life.

‘I started in March 1994 and was 17 and originally employed on a traineeship,’ he said.

‘My original role was the office assistant and I also helped the accounts payable/receivable area with data entry and banking.’

These days the father-of-two’s job is very different.

Now the football operations manager, he oversees training and match days to ensure they meet coach and player needs, including travel and accommodation for all away matches and training venues in all locations.

He also ensures the football department is compliant with AFL rules and is the match-day team manager and interchange steward.

When asked what it was that he loved about the game and the club, he said it was the ever-changing game and the fact that no two days were the same.

‘I feel like I have never stopped or become stale like I have heard some people outside our industry complain of,’ he said.

‘The club has also always been very supportive of helping me further my career and knowledge.

‘My role has also changed a lot over the years.

‘I have been everything from the office assistant, football assistant (part-time while at university), football administration assistant, player development co-ordinator, football administration manager, football manager, team operations manager to now the football operations manager.’

As for what the future holds, that is still to be determined but according to Souris, he knows it will involve continual growth and personal development.

‘I have taken on some extra duties, along with a title change, so for the moment I see myself improving in my current position and furthering my personal development,’ he said.