Speaks well and really knows his players attributes and intimate details of their playing history.
Can totally understand his players giving their all and playing for the coach.
Probably goes a way to explaining how the girls have far exceeded all expectations in their two years in the AFLW.
If I recall correctly, we were widely tipped for the Spoon in our first year and considered unlikely for the Finals in our second. Whilst losing two GF's is gut wrenching, I think we should have enormous pride in what our girls have achieved. Great culture building
I remember listening to a podcast interviewing Sam Lane after she had written her book on the birth of the AFLW, Roar. Each chapter was based around a person, players, officials, coaches etc. and used their journeys to tell the story. Only one man was interviewed and had a chapter and that was Starc, and even then Sam had to insist to Starc that he be included as he didn't want to be the man telling women's stories. It is a reflection of the esteem he is held in women's footy circles and I am pretty pleased to see both Brent Staker and Dan Merrett follow down that particular coaching path. They couldn't be learning from anyone better.
4!!! Maybe, Maybe they could have pushed for 2. Total madness, they are just seeing $$$. They need to put this effort into creating a longer and better season first, and a much more stable and secure work environment for the players.