Jets starting afresh

Danial Casser and Anthony Comegna (Supplied)

Tara Murray

It’s the beginning of a new era for Point Cook in FV state league 3 north-west competition.

Anthony Comegna has been appointed the side’s coach for this season and he will have a brand new squad to lead onto the field. Danial Casser has been named his assistant coach.

Comegna, who was at Western Suburbs last season, said he was excited by the opportunity at the Jets.

“I have previously coached against them in a practice game,” he said. “I knew about them and the history of the club.

“The fact they have a lot of juniors and there’s lots of potential for the club to go up the ladder into state league 2, even state league one, that attracted me.

“My friend had been at the club and told me great things and when the position came up, I thought why not apply.”

Comegna has been busy behind the scenes since he joined the club, working with the committee to get everyone on the same page on the direction of where the club wants to go moving forward.

He said they had put a three year plan in place in terms of on field results and where the club wants to be.

With a new coaching group, it will also be a new playing group. Comegna said not one player from last year’s squad has returned, meaning he was starting completely from afresh after the squad finished a spot out of the relegation zone last year.

“The squad is getting there,” he said. “We will have one of the youngest squads. We want to give them a shot at a first team gig.

“The club has worked out what we want to do. We want to stick at it and give young players the opportunity.

“We want to promote younger kids into the senior team and set an example for the younger kids at the club who want to play there one day.”

While the Australia Cup gets underway this weekend, Point Cook will have to wait around to get its competition underway with a bye first up.

Comegna said they welcomed the bye to allow them more time to prepare themselves. He said they would still have a practice match against Maidstone.

The Jets will face Ashburton in the next round of the cup, with the second round having also been drawn.