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aj9172
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Frankston.....looking ahead to 2023

Frankston captain Josh Newman has left to coach Mornington in the MPNFL, Tom Murphy has joined Somerville full-time, Liam Hiscock signed with Edi-Asp and Bill Mackay is headed to Old Haileybury, while Sam Fletcher is undecided and might go travelling.

“I’ll tell you how I view that — opportunity,” Ryan said of the “outs”.

“People move on for all different reasons.

“Newie has gone to coach Mornington for a significant pay cheque that we can’t match. It’s something he wants to do, we fully support him, absolutely.

“So some people are saying they don’t want to play VFL anymore. It’s just simple choices.

“You can’t do much about it.

“And we know there’s a turnover every year anyway. You’ve just got to see it as opportunity for others to come in and changes to happen and see where you go.”

Frankston won six games for the second successive season under Ryan, looming as a finals hopeful before fading in the last month of the season.

Ryan said the Dolphins would target experienced players, “with AFL capabilities”.

“The players that we need to take us from six wins to 12 wins are men to start with because we’re very young,” he said.

“All stand alones will be all scrapping over the same (delisted AFL) players and we’ll all get one or two each I suppose.

“And at the moment they’re all freshly delisted so first off all they’re sour with the world, there’s no point talking to them, you just say ‘g’day’.

“The hard stuff happens in a month or so after the draft, they’re all hoping for that second chance. We just have to bide our time.”

Ryan said Frankston would also add new coaches and some new staff for the 2023 season.

“We’re already planning around next year, being bigger and better and trying to increase the fun capacity of it, just to make it a bit more enjoyable,” Ryan said.

“We want to try and get Friday night footy regularly if we can.

“We are really in a transition, it’s what I call growing pains.

“The club’s gone from winning one game to winning two games to winning six games and we won another six this year.

“All our indicators had us in the top 10 but we just didn’t get the wins. We had six losses by a goal or less, three of them post 32 minutes in the last quarter.

digs
Last seen: 16 hours 28 min ago
Joined: 31/05/2007 - 00:00

Best of luck on congrats to all at the Dolphins on where they have come from in the past couple of years. The future is looking rosy with all the plans to hopefully play Friday night footy & to get more Sheila's games. Good luck with recruiting which shouldn't be too hard from now on., but beware of the vultures.

Kinetic Stadium looked an absolute treat last night !

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

aj9172
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 26/08/2019 - 16:45

Digs, the club is full of hardworking people who have given their all to resurrect the club. You'd be amazed at the work level you see down there. The heartbreaker is that every time we look like advancing, there are significant losses. I can't help but despair that our heart and soul captain has left because we couldn't match what an MPNFL club were offering. Hopefully Danny is right and we will get our share of delisted players. We still need some big bodies to be able to match it consistently with the top sides.

paul
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Joined: 11/04/2006 - 00:00

It's very hard to pay a player anywhere near what another club is offering to both play and coach, and it's even harder when it's that player's own local club so there's a connection there too. Once had an offer 10x as big as Dolphins pay from a local club needing a coach!

aj9172
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 26/08/2019 - 16:45

Yeah Paul, I hear you.....hurts no less right at the minute though. Josh and Will Fordham have been absolute warriors for us - irreplaceable.

paul
Last seen: 2 days 7 hours ago
Joined: 11/04/2006 - 00:00

Yeah, probably my favourite thing about tuning into watch the Dolphs play the last couple of years was seeing how Josh played, he had a captain's impact like Chad Liddell used to at Sandy.