Enthusiastic Kilshaw's back to coach
DISILLUSIONMENT threatened to rob local football of one of its finest strategists but that is a thing of the past with local coaching ace Justin Kilshaw returning to the sport.
After taking the CQ Cougars through one-and-a-half seasons in the State League, Kilshaw and the club parted ways, leaving a sour taste in the coach's mouth and without an official position in local football for nearly four years.
Now he is back and as enthusiastic as ever about the job he has been given to do with the Capricorn Coast club.
While still smarting from his experience with the Cougars, Kilshaw is inspired by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the committee at the Yeppoon-based club and that is the main reason behind his change of heart.
"The committee (at Cap Coast) is very forward-thinking," he said. "The proof is they have won the premiership twice in five years.
"I spoke with Stuart (Thurston) out of the blue and at that point I was sort of semi-keen."
However, Kilshaw said he still needed time to work out some issues and it was the way the club handled that request that swayed him into saying he would take on the position.
"My philosophy has always been a club will never be successful on the field until it is successful off the field," he said.
Now he is excited about what his new position involves.
"Capricorn Coast is a great base and producing good players for the area every year," he said.
Kilshaw said he knows the club has lost some good players again after the 2011 season and will need to look at who is available to become "players of influence" within the team.
"We (the club) have discussed goals, but this season we will be starting from scratch," the coach said.
Some of the 2011 squad are trying for positions with the Cougars and Kilshaw said in the early stages he plans to lean heavily on last season's A-grade coach Shaun Janes and reserve coach Geoff Cocker.
"That will bring a bit of normality for the players," he said.
Kilshaw also expects Cocker to take charge of the Coast team for the annual pipe-opener, the Frenchville six-a-side while he takes a look at what players in other competition teams have.
As for the 2012 Capricorn Premier grade, Kilshaw is realistic about what he can expect from the team. "A lot will depend on how quickly we can get the (playing) group together," he said. "It will be a new group of players and if they come together quickly we could make the top four."
Kilshaw is also happy with the appointment of Joe Fenech to the CQ development officer position and as Cougars coach.
"He is one man who can get on with everyone," he said. "It is a matter for others to let him do his job."
Capricorn Coast will begin pre-season training at Apex Park on the evening of January 10.