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Fraser hits the ground running

Newly-appointed Grovedale coach Daniel Fraser. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

NEWLY-appointed Grovedale coach Daniel Fraser says spending this year at Burdoo Reserve has him well-placed to hit the ground running.

Fraser, who was confirmed as Simon Riddoch’s replacement last month, served as the Tigers’ senior assistant coach in 2019.

“I’m eight months ahead, I reckon,” he said. “Being able to get a feel for what the footy club’s like, where they’re at – on and off the field, it’s made that transition a lot easier.

“Even when I went through the process to take on the coaching job, I was able to sit down and talk about what the club did well, what they didn’t do well.

“And I’m not walking into a club brand new and I’ve got to put the training wheels on and find out who’s who in the zoo.

“I’ve actually got a feel for where the club’s at, and I believe I know what the club needs to do to go forward.”

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Fraser, who arrived at Grovedale with an extensive coaching resume in the western suburbs of Melbourne, including three years as coach of Werribee’s VFL development team, says consistency will be a key to the Tigers improving.

“This year we showed at times against the better teams that we could compete,” he said.

“But it was for a short period. If we can knuckle down and play four quarters of footy at that level, I’ve no doubt we can be a lot more competitive.

“I think there’s a lot of natural improvement in the playing group. We’ve got some really good juniors coming through, so we hope to expose them to a bit of senior footy.

“We need to be better for longer, and our ball use needs to improve. That’s the big one. We need to hang on to the footy and use it a lot better.

“That’s something we will focus in on in pre-season.”

Best-and-fairest Nathan Deans, Cam Delaney, Cassidy Parish, Mitch Chafer, Jack Symmons and Luke Ford are among the Grovedale stars to commit to 2020.

More signatures are on the way from the current list, while Fraser is also on the recruiting trail.

“I think we need to strengthen the midfield, and we need to strengthen our forward line, so we can have bit more confidence going forward with the ball,” he said.

“They’re probably two things I’m going to focus on in as far as our recruiting goes.”

Grovedale will commence pre-season training in mid-November, but Fraser says the club’s gym is already getting a workout from players.

“I’ve already seen boys here in the gym already,” he said. “We’d only been finished four or five days and I walked in and there was five or six in the gym then.

“They’re keen to get into it.”

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