HEAD of Development Luke Power has been overwhelmed by the positives he’s seen at Ikon Park this pre-season.
Power was named as one of three additions to the coaching staff for 2020, joining Henry Playfair and Daniel O’Keefe.
In the role of Head of Development, Power arrived at his new club with an impressive pedigree: a three-time premiership player and the coach of the AFL Academy.
Tasked with the growth of the Club’s emerging players, Power believed progress was tracking positively on the eve of the practice match schedule.
“It’s been fantastic — the most important thing to start with has been getting to know people,” he said.
“Learning about them… if you’re going to help them develop and grow, you need to learn what makes them tick and how to get the best out of players.
“I’ve been working with the guys in the development phase. [It’s been great] to see their growth over the last three months.
Crediting the wider development team involving Jason Davenport, Josh Fraser and O’Keefe, Power said the application across the board was testament to the playing group and its leaders.
He believed there had been tangible development over the course of the pre-season, and he couldn’t wait to see it translated in-game.
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“You see development all of the time, which is the greatest thing about working with young players,” he said.
“It’s small wins. You get satisfaction from seeing them execute something they’ve been working on at training. I’ve seen that from a lot of our players.
“It’s going to be good to watch them play in the next few weeks and see how that transfers to game situations.”
There’s no denying that Power knows what it takes to form and be part of a winning culture.
He was a permanent fixture of the all-conquering Brisbane’s leadership group, while he was an inaugural co-captain of Greater Western Sydney.
Power believed the structures and processes which had been put in place at Ikon Park were cause for optimism.
“’Teaguey’ has been fantastic with the way he has approached it with the players: he has opened it up and he’s letting them explore,” he said.
“They’re going to make some mistakes at times but that’s some of the greatest learning you can have.
“[The players] have got some really good role models at this football club. I’m really happy with what’s going on at the football club and how the players are being coached.”