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Lions to rebuild under new coach Carland

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February 02, 2017

The shift to a new era is almost complete at Seymour.

The Lions will take the court with a considerably different side this season and Laura Carland in the top job, replacing Ash Chapman.

The Lions’ drought-breaking premiership coach did not have his contract renewed, leaving the club to search for a new person to lead the Goulburn Valley Netball League side this year.

While Carland is in Guatemala, Seymour has an able fill in to guide it through pre-season training.

Former Lion Kath Knott is to have a presence at King’s Park, as the elite goaler puts players through their paces.

The Seymour star shooter left the club during the 2015 home-and-away season due to personal reasons and although she has returned to Seymour in a coaching role, she will not play for the team this year.

Her presence during pre-season will add experience as three pillars of the club have departed, including 2015 Wellman Family medallist Elle McDonald and her defensive parter Sarah Szczykulski.

Midcourt ace Sarah Douglas will also play elsewhere, but Seymour netball co-ordinator Nicole Morgan said she was looking forward to the club’s future under Carland.

‘‘We’ll rebuild and we’ll move forward,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re very excited about the culture that she’ll bring to the club. She’s so eager to improve the club and eager to work with whatever girls we have, so we’re waiting in anticipation for when she gets here.’’

Carland will take her first training session on March 7, looking to impart knowledge stemming from a highly regarded netball career.

For the past nine years she has competed with Victorian University Flames in a strong Premier Open division one competition at Royal Park.

Taking the court as a goaler, Carland played with Sunbury last year and also earned selection in Victoria Country’s indoor netball team in 2012.

Melbourne-based Carland will travel to the region for training and match days.

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