Canberra thank departing staff

Canberra wish to extend their gratitude to departing staff John Harper, Jacob Gaynor, James Debono and Billy Mason.

John Harper has been appointed Eastlake's new coach for 2020.

Canberra's Senior Assistant Coach, John Harper was appointed as Eastlake's new coach in early October.


First taking charge of the Demons' midfield in 2016, Harper had an immediate impact, named Senior Assistant Coach in 2017.


Canberra's General Manager of Football Shaun Young paid tribute to Harper's contribution to the Demons' football program.


"John has been part of the club since its inception back in 2016," Young said.


"John’s commitment, passion and football knowledge has been invaluable to the Canberra program during the past four years, he is extremely well respected amongst the club which is a testament to the person he is and the legacy he has left.


"John will be sorely missed at the club, but we wish him the very best with his coaching venture with Eastlake in 2020.


"He has built a great bond with a lot of people at the club and will always be a Canberra Demon, he will be welcomed back at any time even though he is not actively involved."


Media and Communications Manager Jacob Gaynor will depart the club at the end of December after three-years in the position.


"Jacob’s three years at the club have been nothing short of fantastic and beneficial to the club in managing the Canberra media platforms," Young said.


"The growth that Jacob has driven and achieved in the promotion and engagement of the Canberra brand has been amazing.


"He has managed to build a very good bond with everyone at the club which has enabled him to build the promotion and content of the Canberra Demons to the calibre we see today.


"We wish Jacob the very best in his new role with the AFL and he will be sorely missed."


Assistant James Debono will depart after gaining an employment opportunity in Victoria.

Young said he wished to once again acknowledge the contribution of Debono, who played a significant role in the Demons' debut finals campaign last year.

"James came into the club two seasons ago when he was transferred with Defence to Canberra," he said.


"James had an immediate impact and has brought so much to our program in a very short period of time and we are saddened to lose him due to his employment.


"I cannot speak highly enough of James' character and as a person and what he has brought to the club.


"He is highly respected amongst the players and staff and we wish him the very best with his next chapter."


High Performance Manager Billy Mason will depart Canberra after joining earlier this year.


"Even though Billy spent only one season with the Canberra he made a significant impact through his caring and friendly nature.


"Billy connected to the playing group from his very first day and from that point forward had the players respect even though he pushed them hard in the pre-season.


"On behalf of the club I thank Billy for being involved in the Canberra program in 2019."

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