New South Mandurah League coach looking to unleash young Falcons outfit in 2020

New role: Kallen 'Junior' Williams has taken on the South Mandurah Football Club League coach role. Photo: Gareth McKnight.
New role: Kallen 'Junior' Williams has taken on the South Mandurah Football Club League coach role. Photo: Gareth McKnight.

South Mandurah Falcons are hoping the appointment of a new up-and-coming League coach can inspire improved fortunes in 2020.

The Peel Football and Netball League outfit have named former player Kallen 'Junior' Williams as the man to lead their top team in next year's competition.

Williams has been around the club since 2008 and has also fulfilled an assistant coaching role with the South Mandurah colts side, which won a premiership back in 2017.

After 12 months away from the action, the new man said he was keen to get a talented young Falcons squad firing on all cylinders next season.

"I'm really keen to get 2020 looking a bit better than 2019," he said.

"I think a big chunk of the League team were first-year League players that all now have 15-20 games of senior footy into them.

"That experience is going to be there in 2020 and their nerves and inexperience is going to be a little less.

"I'm looking to build a good young group around what we've got and still keep our two or three experienced marquee players - but we want to have a young squad to build on in the next few years."

Williams said he saw the Falcons' youthful contingent as the club's major strength.

"Having such a young squad, fitness and skills are our strengths," he said.

"It is just going to be executing those skills under pressure against those top-four sides and building confidence.

"We need to be confident in our skills and fitness, execute and take some risks."

Williams said preparations for the 2020 campaign would start in early December.

"I definitely feel like I am jumping in at the deep end, especially at senior level coaching, but I've got good support from the president, vice-president and all the committee," he said.

"Finals is a realistic goal for 2020.

"Building on from that, we want to grow from that over the next three-to-four years.

"The addition of the new change rooms is going to be a positive - we want to get some good club vibes going again.

"We are looking at recruiting some strong players out of the WAFL system to build around our young core group."

Falcons president Greg Barnard said Williams was an exciting appointment.

"I am very excited about the next couple of years with Junior at the helm," he said.

"He's a driven young coach with his finger on the pulse."