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Fuller interview in Messenger - confident & positive message

Post by Panthers64 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:21 pm

RON FULLER SAYS HIS 2013 SQUAD HAS A DIFFERENT COMPLEXION THAN ONES IN YEARS GONE BY. ADELAIDENOW

IT'S taken four seasons to build it but South coach Ron Fuller says he now has the squad he wants.


Now it is time to instil in it the ruthlessness he has always demanded during a decade-long SANFL coaching career.

Despite statistically going backwards last year, Fuller and his football department have slowly developedthe squad from a side that won just one match when he took the helm in 2009.

Over the past two seasons, the Panthers have shown glimpses they could be building a team which can mix it with the best in the league, but been found out for a lack of depth, and a killer extinct.

With few departures at the end of last season and another active off-season of recruitment Fuller believes he now has depth.

He says the next challenge is developing a killer instinct and winning culture, something he did successfully at Woodville-West Torrens, which he led to four grand finals and one premiership in his nine seasons.

"When you come in to a club and you look at the list you hope it can change it pretty quickly, but the reality is it can take a long time and it has," Fuller said.

"But I think the squad has a different complexion about it now.

"Even when you look at it on paper, there is a good nucleus of players who have played 40 to 80 league games now, so I'm comfortable with the squad we have, but the reality is to be successful ... takes a lot of hard work.

"It's about being able to play every quarter of every game.

"South Adelaide has always been able to play a good quarter of football here and there but it's about learning to play three or four good quarters every week.

"I think we are learning that and I think we've come a long way," he said.

South has again looked interstate to stock up its squad ahead of the 2013 season.

The Panthers last week rounded out their 2013 recruiting by signing another pair of Victorians and a Queenslander.

Key position player Brett Eddy joins South from Collingwood's VFL side, where he was a regular in 2011 before a knee reconstruction sidelined him for much of 2012.

Jordan Taylor, also a key position player, finished third in TAC Cup club Murray Bushrangers' best and fairest last season, while versatile defender Tom Fields arrives at Noarlunga from leading QAFL club Labrador.

Panthers coach Ron Fuller, said Taylor and Eddy would boost the club's key position stocks, an area of weakness last year, while Fields could be used in a number of roles.

"(Eddy) was highly regarded at Collingwood, so it will be a matter of getting him back up to match fitness," Fuller said.

"Taylor is a really good lad who was a leader at the Murray Bushrangers, he could play forward or back for depending on where we have a need.

"Fields trained with Essendon and wasn't far away from being picked up. He can play on tall or small forwards and he has a beautiful kick."

The trio follow the signing of hard bodied midfielder Brede Seccull, also from Collingwood's VFL team, and recycled SANFL players John McDonald (Sturt) and Roland Ah Chee (Norwood).

South selected former Werribee key player, now Crows rookie, Kyle Hartigan, who should be a ready-made key defender if he is not upgraded to Adelaide's senior list.

Teenage Port Adelaide Power draftee Mason Shaw is yet another key position option to arrive via the mini draft.
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Post by B&W63 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:46 am

Great article really enjoyed it, gave a really strong positive outlook for the coming season. We have all been encouraged pre season in previous years but if the recruits are as good as they appear and blend in with the experience that is already there we can give a good account of ourselves.
I like that word ruthless, its not one that you could honestly associate with our Club on a regular basis but if we play with that sort of mindset we won't have those fade outs we had last year.

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Post by panther magic on Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:23 pm

Talent means alot but with no belief and inner mongrel you won't go far.
Sounds like Ron is quite happy with the squad at his disposal, now the players have to burn up the track and learn how to fight hard. Nothing comes easy, I'm sure our players know that. Surely this season coming will be a turning point for our club and we can finally become a club that is not only respected but in the bigger picture feared!

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Post by the prowler on Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:27 pm

panther magic wrote:Talent means alot but with no belief and inner mongrel you won't go far.
Sounds like Ron is quite happy with the squad at his disposal, now the players have to burn up the track and learn how to fight hard. Nothing comes easy, I'm sure our players know that. Surely this season coming will be a turning point for our club and we can finally become a club that is not only respected but in the bigger picture feared!


Lets us all hope you are right.

What we do need to be is a 10 year committed squad to take it up to and beyond other clubs
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Post by Panther Pack on Mon May 20, 2013 2:24 pm

Hmmm interesting reading!
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