'Seamless transition' Coaching changes won't disrupt Canberra's premiership quest

Canberra midfielder Lucas Meline says the changes in coaching staff has been "seamless" and that his side are getting on with their job preparing for the 2019 NEAFL season.

The off-season has seen former AFLW Premiership Coach Bec Goddard, Jeremy Rowe (Assistant Coach) and Brendan Sainsbury (High Performance Manager) depart the club with Paul Montgomery (Assistant Coach) and Billy Mason (High Performance Manager) called in to fulfil the vacated positions.


Meline says that the Canberra players and coaches are tracking along well in training ahead of the club's April 6th opener against the Gold Coast SUNS.


"It's been pretty seamless. Obviously we lost some really great coaches in Bec, Jeremy and Brendan, but the new staff coming in have really taken control of their respective areas," said Meline.


"For us we just need to make sure that we are nailing what they are telling us to do and it seems like we are doing that at the moment."


The 21-year-old said the success of Canberra’s 2018 season provided the club with a huge confidence boost ahead of the their 2019 NEAFL campaign.


"We've got the players and we've got the coaches and we're driven for success, we're just going to work hard.”


"We've got plenty of good players here, we’ve recruited well and maintained the players required to build on last year’s success."


"Last season was certainly a huge step forward and it gave us the taste of what it's like to play finals footy."


"I think everyone is pretty determined to make sure we achieve that again and hopefully go further. Nothing is ever easy in football though, we know it will come down to hard work."

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