Francis new top Ranger

LOOKING FORWARD: Reece Francis showed he was ready to lead Marble Range’s A grade side in 2016.
Nanjing Night Net

Marble Range Football Club has welcomed a big new addition with two time Mail Medallist Reece Francis taking over as A grade coach.

Francis comes into the team after playing five seasons with Tasman and takes over from last year’s A grade coach Paul Boxer.

The arrangement was finalised for Francis to become the new A grade coach in October as the club looks to put last year’s wooden spoon season behind them.

Francis said being A grade coach has been a goal of his for a long time.

“I’ve coached Under 17s for four years now and I’ve always been keen to coach senior football,” he said.

“Marble Range appealed to me because there’s a lot of young guys who are very talented and have a lot of promise.”

Due to a knee reconstruction Francis will coach from the sidelines although he said there may be a possibility of playing by August if everything goes well.

The Rangers finished sixth last year with only three wins for the season, finishing justbehind Lincoln South on percentage.

Francis said he wasn’t worried about going into this season and looked to develop the list into a formidable team.

“I don’t feel pressured because I see it as a challenge, I look forward to it,” he said.

“It’s not about results it’s about the actual process and hopefully the results will take care of themselves.”

Marble Range has a lot of confidence in its juniors coming up through the ranks. The club celebrated premierships last year for its Under 13and Under 17teams.

Francis said people could expect a lot from Marble Range on the field in 2016.

“Expect us to be more competitive in each game, each player playing their role and taking the game on,” he said.

“I appreciate all the support I’ve had so far from the Marble Range Football Club and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.”

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