The West Belconnen Warriors have announced the return of their Premiership winning coach Adam Peters for the 2019 Canberra Raiders Cup season.
Peters previously coached West Belconnen between 2006 – 2011 and was captain-coach when the club won the 2007 Premiership. He also represented the Canberra Raiders and Manly Sea Eagles in the NRL.
Peters replaces current head coach Troy Thompson who has stepped down from the role due to work and family commitments.
“I’m looking forward to building upon what Troy Thompson has done,” Peters said. “Troy turned the club around. He brought a lot of culture and passion back into West Belconnen.”
Despite not having coached First Grade for seven seasons, the former Peters has remained involved with the club for a majority of that period.
“This year was the first time in eleven years I didn’t coach a side at West Belconnen,” Peters said. “It gave me time to get away from the game and I went to the finals to watch them play and I got keen again.
“I coached both my son’s teams from Under 8’s all the way through to Under 18’s. There were six or seven players in both the Reserve Grade and First Grade Preliminary Finals Squads that I have coached along the way, so I am keen to get back involved with those kids.”
Peters said he was looking at adding some more experience to his squad as he hopes to build for next year.
“We’ll look to recruit a couple of older heads and retain all the players that we had this year,” Peters said. “Obviously you always want to make the Grand Final and they were only one away from it this year. Next year we’ll have the club and the squad that can do that.”
West Belconnen President Steve Kirby said the club was thrilled to have Peters on board.
“It’s great to have Adam back at the club,” Kirby said. “He’s a Premiership winning coach and he knows the club’s juniors and understands our culture.
“We’d like to thank Troy for his three years with the club. We have improved on and off the field under his guidance and would like to wish him and his family all the best, as chooses to step down due to his work and family commitments.”