BITS Saints have appointed a club stalwart and favourite son as their A-Grade coach for this year.
Adam Dickenson is part of the club’s furniture and he’s looking to add silverware to the Saints’ trophy cabinet in 2010.
“I’m hoping we can go one better than last year,” Dickenson said.
“Hopefully I’ve got the respect of the players through my leading by example, year in, year out.”
An injection of youth into the side and increased workload on the training track are the main focuses for the coach in his first stint.
“Fitness was the difference for us last year, and I want to improve this,” he said.
“Blooding new young players from within the club is also needed if we’re to go a step further this year.”
Dickenson said his commitment to training and the game over his 19-year history with BITS had put him in good stead.
“I think it’s part of the reason the club gave me the job,” he said.
Back in 1992, he put on the club’s jumper for the first time and had never pondered changing the strip.
“I moved from Biloela and a couple of kids at school who played AFL said I should come down and have a run,” he said.
Rugby league never had any lure for Dickenson, whose talent in AFL saw him chosen in the Queensland under-16 side in 1996.
“I like the different facets to the game — running, tackling and high marking,” he said.
The turn-up to training has impressed the coach, who is thrilled that more than 30 players showed up for the first run of 2010.