Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
The Souths Logan Magpies Board of Directors have praised the efforts and achievements of Mitch Brennan in his first year as CEO. Brennan, initially employed to fulfil the role with Souths Logan Magpies Football Club, was handed the responsibility as Group Manager of the Souths Leagues Club and the foundation club of Southern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club at Davies Park.
Unfortunately, the Club is unable to retain the services of Brennan after failing to agree to terms for next year. Club Chairman, Jim McClelland and Leagues Club President, Bill Kallis, cite limited resources at this time and uncertainty within the game have prevented the club from committing to Brennan, a former Magpie Junior and First Grade player.
In his first year, Mitch embarked on a recruitment plan that secured quality young players from the country such as Bob Blair, Eddie Dodd and robust Prop Mat Morice, as well as local juniors including prop-forward, Matthew Bell, described as the Club's most improved player.
A draft business plan for the Club's ambitious future was accepted by both the Board and the Council, and as a result the club has retained its long term association with Davies Park with renewed lease agreements. Mitch has also worked with major sponsors Cavalier Homes to redevelop business opportunities at the Leagues Club and he introduced new sponsors to the club to ensure bright prospects for the Club's future. Relationship building with associated clubs and organisations has also opened the doors to new opportunities for the community-based club, which operates free of gaming activities.
Mitch also accepted and worked diligently in his role as interim first grade coach in July and was rewarded with sound results and the promise of the Club's future playing potential.
Brennan has agreed to assist in the club's preparation for 2005 and work with new coach Phil Economidis until his departure overseas at the end of the month.
Brennan, McClelland and Kallis, are all former Souths? Junior players with a long history at the famous Magpies.