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Smith commits to Centrals

Werribee Centrals coach Nick Smith speaks to his players during the first semi-final win over Inverleigh. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WERRIBEE Centrals have quickly turned their attention to 2020 with coach Nick Smith meeting his players on Monday night to start preparing for next year.

The Centurions, who suffered a 30-point preliminary final loss to eventual premier Bannockburn, are keen to ensure their first finals appearance in six years isn’t a flash-in-the-pan.

And that’s why Smith has committed for a third season in charge at Galvin Park having taken a couple of weeks to decide his future.

“Just after you’ve lost is not a good time to commit to anything,” he said. “I always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to go on next year.

“Especially as it got deeper into the season, I was thinking, “If we lose, I’ll want to go and fix that up, and if we win, you’d want to do it again”.

Smith says Werribee Centrals gave him plenty of space to make his decision.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind before you make a decision like that,” he said.

“You also don’t want to recommit if you’re not fully into it or you’re fully up to it.

“I’m excited about having at least another year with these boys, and see if we can take it a couple of steps further.”

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A three-time premiership player in the green and gold, Smith is confident Centrals don’t need to make too many additions to their list to again be a contender.

“If you said I had to go around with the same team again for next year, I’d be pretty confident that we could still give it a shake,” he said.

“I felt like we were only a couple of key moments from being in a grand final, so I don’t see big holes in our personnel, which I did see this time last year.

“You’ve to wait until the dust settles to see that everyone is coming back; we’ve got a couple of older players with some decisions to make.

“It’s my job to make sure we keep all our young guys and that core together.”

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Smith, whose son Jackson will be right to go after suffering a fractured scaphoid early in the season, is keen to add a couple of quality ball users.

“I think we got exposed with our skill level,” he said.

“We do add ‘Jacko’ back to that mix; that was a big part of what he brings to our team being a good ball user.

“It’s not a big shopping list.”

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