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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:47 AM
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The Peel Thunder Football Club is pleased to announce that Craig Otto has been appointed as head coach of the Colts squad for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.


Otto has an extensive history in both the Peel Football League and with the Peel Thunder Football Club, having played 170 games for the Rockingham Rams, and being a member of the inaugural Peel Cavaliers side in 1996.


Craig has also had extensive coaching experience with the Rockingham Football Club as a 3 time premiership winning Colts coach, as well as having coached the league side over 2 stints in 2001-03 and 2013/14. 


The Peel Football League Hall of Fame member also has had an extensive involvement with Peel Thunder, having been an assistant coach at reserves, Under 16 and colts level, and has been head coach of the Under 14s, 15s and 16s groups over the past three years. He was in charge of a squad that had 11 players selected in the WA Under 16s state academy this season and played some fantastic football over the Under 16s carnival.


Craig is extremely well respected within the local football community and has shown a great ability to get the best out of all players he has worked with. His communication skills and coaching philosophies with developing players are highly regarded and will hold the group in good stead in the coming seasons.


In other coaching news, Mandurah Mustangs life member, former Peel Thunder player and fellow Peel Football League Hall of Famer, Brad Perry has been named as an assistant coach of the colts squad, with impressive developing coach Jayden Heuer re-appointed as an assistant coach for a second year. Dave Mews also rejoins the colts program as an assistant coach after a stint at South Fremantle in 2015 and coaching the Year 9 Academy side in 2016, while team manager Tim Overington will also continue in 2017 for his third season in the role. Peter Morrissey and Adam Shine will head up the development coaching and the South West Program in 2017 and are key appointments in developing players in our country zone.


The club is also pleased to announce that former colts captain Mitch Russell has been appointed as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 2017 Colts Program. Russell comes to the club with a strong football history at both Peel and Warnbro football clubs, and is also running his own personal training business at Port Kennedy.


The colts pre-season will commence with a session on Sunday 13th November in the Platinum Room at Peel Thunder Football Club at 4:00pm, before moving to Tuesday and Thursday nights pre-Christmas at Rushton North from 5:15-7:30pm. All at the club wish the incoming coaching group every success and look forward to seeing the strong development of junior players within the district continue.


Photo- Craig Otto with 2012 PTFC draftee Kamdyn McIntosh at Richmond FC